zing


1zing

noun \ˈziŋ\

: a quality that makes something exciting, interesting, etc.

Full Definition of ZING

1
:  a shrill humming noise
2
a :  an enjoyably exciting or stimulating quality :  zest <really put some zing into this industry — Erwin Fine>
b :  a sharply piquant flavor <barbecue sauce with zing>

Examples of ZING

  1. They needed to put some zing back into their relationship.
  2. The chili peppers give the sauce a little extra zing.

Origin of ZING

imitative
First Known Use: 1911

2zing

verb

: to move very quickly and make a humming sound

: to insult or criticize (someone) in a sharp, clever, or playful way

Full Definition of ZING

intransitive verb
1
:  to make or move with a humming sound
2
:  zip, speed
transitive verb
1
:  to hit suddenly :  zap
2
:  to criticize in a pointed or witty manner

Examples of ZING

  1. The comics spent the evening cracking jokes and zinging each other.
  2. His opponent has run television ads zinging him.

First Known Use of ZING

1920

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