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Definition of zag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 zig


zagged; zagging

Definition of zag (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to execute a zag usually contrasted with zig

Synonyms & Antonyms for zag

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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: Noun The officer followed the car and noticed several traffic violations including failing to stay in one lane and driving in a zig-zag pattern, according to a police report. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021 Instead of one statement piece, the designer convinced them to go with six drop lights arranged in a zig-zag pattern, each thoughtfully designed to reflect different forms and hues threaded throughout the house. Kristin Tablang, House Beautiful, 24 Sep. 2021 While kicking off her residency on The Late Late Show, Lorde opted for a zig-zag pattern of her own, specifically, the graphic prints from Maisie Wilen’s fall 2021 runway. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2021 Designed by Aline Lafargue, the character named Schuss had a two-colored head positioned on a zig-zag shaped foot. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 On top of the frame sit three types of springs arranged in a zig-zag pattern, offering different levels of support in the front, middle, and back of the sofa. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 21 July 2021 The tune takes a surprising percussive zag before segueing into one of Mayer’s clean-lined guitar solos that, coupled with the synths that fade out the song, are ‘80s glory. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 16 July 2021 The Eegee's ranch fry is a simple tub of perfectly crisp crinkle fries, topped with a zig-zag of the chain's proprietary ranch blend, a thick and flavorful take on the creamy dip. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2021 Renderings for the garden also show plans for a summer house, Zen garden, a traditional arched bridge and a zig-zag path over a small lake. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And as any successful entrepreneur knows, when everyone zigs, you zag. Nihar Chhaya, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Dubbed the Book Tote, the carryall handbag took practically no time at all to wind up on celebrities, influencers, and that set of individuals who zig-zag between Capri, Ibiza, and Saint Tropez in the summer months. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 The bold marble zig-zag flooring, black, white and grey with flashes of jade, is set against smart navy velvet seating, silk cushions and sleek surfaces, giving a gleaming appeal. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 But every time producers zigged, the pandemic would once again force them to zag. Dalton Ross,, 1 Sep. 2021 The conjecture is every bit as dizzying as the watch's zig-zag guilloché patterned dial. Stephen Watson, Town & Country, 22 June 2021 That drive to zig when others zag has not dimmed even after merging his company with Boston Beer SAM a few years ago. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 17 June 2021 But in 2021, Belichick zigged when everyone expected him to zag., 30 Apr. 2021 The causes of the zig and zag in sales aren’t hard to figure out. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of zag


1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1900, in the meaning defined above

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29 Dec 2021

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“Zag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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