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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

Example Sentences

Verb the crowd roared as the clown on the bicycle zagged while the other clowns, in hot pursuit, zigged
Recent Examples on the Web
Efficiently cleaning your home, the robot cleaner uses a zig-zag pattern to cut down on vacuum time. Gabriela Izquierdo, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Nov. 2022 Perfect for the aspiring baker, this innovative zig-zag and sectioned brownie pan adds two crispy, chewy, and perfectly crunchy edges to every brownie. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 3 Oct. 2022 One officer described the vehicle as driving in a zig-zag-like pattern, the complaint states. Eric Levenson And Rebekah Riess, CNN, 6 Oct. 2022 The one-shoulder piece was held together by black straps which ran down one side in a zig-zag pattern and were embellished with silver hardware. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Sep. 2022 The suspect drove in a zig-zag pattern toward the parade, according to the police complaint. Rebekah Riess, CNN, 10 Sep. 2022 But Sorona doesn’t break down because of its zig-zag molecular structure, more commonly known as mechanical stretch. Mady Koller, Outside Online, 2 Aug. 2019 One enters the garden through a steel tunnel that leads to a concrete zig-zag path. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 3 Aug. 2022 TikTok users have put their spin on the style by adding middle or zig-zag parts, colored hair extensions, beads, and more under the hashtag #ponybraid, which has over 774,000 views as of this publication. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 15 July 2022
The formal frustrations lie elsewhere, in the withholding approach that at times feels like a self-conscious attempt to subvert conventional dramatic form, and to zig where any other movie might zag. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 9 Nov. 2022 Thorne-Storne adds Ontario will continue to zig and zag in response to changing industry conditions. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2022 The economy zigged when it was supposed to zag, and even the professionals are searching for answers. Martha C. White, CNN, 22 July 2022 The race track consisted of zig-zag lines four to six nanometers wide on a gold surface. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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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 28 Nov. 2022.

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