hex vs jinx what difference

what is difference between hex and jinx

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /hɛks/
  • Rhymes: -ɛks

Etymology 1

First attested about 1830, from Pennsylvania German hexe (to practice witchcraft), from German hexen (compare Hexe (witch)). The noun appeared later, in the 1850s. Cognate to Norwegian Bokmål heks (witch) and Dutch heks (witch), Dutch beheksen (to bewitch), Old English hægtesse (witch, hag). Doublet of hag.

Verb

hex (third-person singular simple present hexes, present participle hexing, simple past and past participle hexed)

  1. (transitive) To cast a spell on (specifically an evil spell), to bewitch.
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Noun

hex (plural hexes)

  1. An evil spell or curse.
  2. A witch.
  3. (rare) A spell (now rare but still found in compounds such as hex sign and hexcraft).
Derived terms
  • hexcraft
Translations

Etymology 2

Short for hexadecimal.

Noun

hex (uncountable)

  1. (computing, informal) Clipping of hexadecimal.
Translations

Etymology 3

Short for hexagon.

Noun

hex (plural hexes)

  1. A hexagonal space on a game board.
  2. (climbing) a hexagon-shaped item of rock climbing equipment intended to be wedged into a crack or other opening in the rock.
Derived terms
  • megahex

See also

  • (climbing): nut

References

Anagrams

  • exh


English

Etymology

From jynx in the transferred sense “a charm or spell”.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /dʒɪŋks/
  • Homophone: jynx
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋks

Noun

jinx (plural jinxes)

  1. A hex; an evil spell.
    Synonyms: curse, hoodoo, Indian sign, spell
  2. A person or thing supposed to bring bad luck.

Derived terms

  • reverse jinx

Translations

Verb

jinx (third-person singular simple present jinxes, present participle jinxing, simple past and past participle jinxed)

  1. (transitive) To cast a spell on.
  2. (transitive) To bring bad luck to.
  3. (transitive) To cause something to happen by mentioning it, usually sarcastically.
    • 2008, Susane Colasanti, When It Happens, Penguin (→ISBN), chapter 46:
      “So you’ll all be near New York!” Maggie says. “We don’t know for sure yet.” Sara stresses. “Don’t jinx it.”
    • 2012, Sally Heinrich, Hungry Ghosts, Hachette UK (→ISBN)
      I’ve no idea if she guessed what I was intending to do. I don’t know why I was so reluctant to talk about it, even to her. Maybe I was afraid that verbalising my intentions would jinx it in some way.

Derived terms

  • jinxer

Translations

Interjection

jinx

  1. Used after the same thing is said by two people simultaneously.
    Synonym: snap

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Further reading

  • jinx on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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