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


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zagged; zagging

intransitive verb

: to execute a zag
usually contrasted with zig

Examples of zag in a Sentence

Verb the crowd roared as the clown on the bicycle zagged while the other clowns, in hot pursuit, zigged
Recent Examples on the Web
There were even special infomercial tools designed solely for crafting the ultimate zigs and zags, though my wavy-haired self never had much success with them. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 30 Aug. 2023 What was particularly interesting Sunday night was how Hilary’s eye then made a sudden zag to the west — from the Inland Empire to the heart of Los Angeles. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2023
There are plenty of very good interviews, and the case zigs and zags with an engaging sense of mounting unease. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Apr. 2024 The muscles are big, the hair is bigger, and the story zigs and zags with thrilling abandon, especially when the bodies start to pile up. Devan Coggan,, 21 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for zag 

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Word History




First Known Use


1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zag was in 1793

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Cite this Entry

“Zag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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