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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>
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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
ZING Defined for Kids

1zing

noun \ˈziŋ\

Definition of ZING for Kids

1
:  a high-pitched humming sound <the zing of an arrow>
2
:  a lively or energetic quality <It's a musical with lots of zing.>
3
:  a sharp or spicy flavor <Hot peppers give the chili zing.>

2zing

verb
zingedzing·ing

Definition of ZING for Kids

:  to move very quick with a high-pitched humming sound <Bullets and metal pieces zinged by, ripping holes in the sails … — Jon Scieszka, The Not-So-Jolly Roger>

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