zip

1 of 6

verb (1)

zipped; zipping; zips

intransitive verb

1
: to move, act, or function with speed and vigor
2
: to travel with a sharp hissing or humming sound

transitive verb

1
: to impart speed or force to
2
: to add zest, interest, or life to
often used with up
3
: to transport or propel with speed

zip

2 of 6

noun (1)

1
: a sudden sharp hissing or sibilant sound
2
: energy, vim
zipless adjective

zip

3 of 6

noun (2)

: nothing, zero
the final score was 27 to zip

zip

4 of 6

noun (3)

chiefly British
: zipper

zip

5 of 6

verb (2)

zipped; zipping; zips

transitive verb

1
a
: to close or open with or as if with a zipper
b
: to enclose or wrap by fastening a zipper
2
: to cause (a zipper) to open or shut

intransitive verb

: to become open, closed, or attached by means of a zipper

zip

6 of 6

noun (4)

often all capitalized

Examples of zip in a Sentence

Verb (1) a dragonfly zipped by my ear the fly zipped around the room, trying to find a way to the outside knowing that she was already late, she went zipping off to meet her next client Noun (1) he has surprising zip for a man his age Noun (2) I've got zip as far as new ideas go
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
There’s a great deal of driving, as the storm chasers zip around in search of their next conquest, and there are many, many shots of debris flying into the air and then, dangerously, clattering back to earth. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 17 July 2024 The album zips by, confidently bouncing across the entire spectrum of pop music from the last few decades. Hazlitt, 17 July 2024 That includes a unique experience called Royal Railway Utopia Station, where passengers dine on a virtual train ride while staring at simulated scenery zipping by on giant screens. Andrew Liszewski, The Verge, 16 July 2024 Different atomic elements absorb and emit light at very specific colors (the electrons zipping around the atom’s nucleus can only absorb discrete amounts of energy, a fact that gave rise to the development of quantum mechanics in the first place). Phil Plait, Scientific American, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for zip 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

imitative of the sound of a speeding object

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Verb (2)

back-formation from zipper

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1852, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1925, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1925, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (4)

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zip was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Zip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zip. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

zip

1 of 5 verb
zipped; zipping
1
: to move or act with speed and energy
2
: to travel with a sharp hissing or humming sound
3
: to add energy, interest, or life to
often used with up

zip

2 of 5 noun
1
: a sudden sharp hissing sound
2
: vim, energy

zip

3 of 5 verb
zipped; zipping
: to close or open with a zipper

zip

4 of 5 noun
: zero entry 1 sense 1
won the game 7–zip

zip

5 of 5 noun
often capitalized Z&I&P
Etymology

Verb

a word created to imitate the sound of an object speeding past

Verb

from zipper

Noun

origin unknown

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