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zig

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noun \ˈzig\

Definition of zig

  1. 1 a :  one of the sharp turns, angles, or alterations in a zigzag course b :  one of the short straight lines or sections of a zigzag course at an angle to a zag

  2. 2 :  a sharp alteration or change of direction (as in a process or policy) <the quick zigs and zags of his international maneuverings — New York Times>



Origin of zig

zigzag


First Known Use: 1840

Rhymes with zig


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zig

verb,

Definition of zig

ziggedzigging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to execute a zig —usually contrasted with zag <zigs when others zag>



Examples of zig in a sentence

  1. <the fox zigged to the right, and the hounds followed>



1940

First Known Use of zig

1940


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