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Definition of zig

 (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 zag
2 : a sharp alteration or change of direction (as in a process or policy) the quick zigs and zags of his international maneuveringsThe New York Times


zigged; zigging

Definition of zig (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to execute a zig usually contrasted with zagzigs when others zag

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Synonyms & Antonyms for zig

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of zig in a Sentence

Verb the fox zigged to the right, and the hounds followed
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Carey was briefly trampled in the rush before getting to his feet and racing in a zig-zag pattern toward the fences. Andrew Jensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Country group Elvis Monroe reunite for Anchorage show," 14 Nov. 2019 To get the major climbing done first, begin the loop at the north trail sign where the route dives right into the zig-zagging western leg of the loop that’s also part of the Valley-circumnavigating Maricopa Trail that connects all 10 county parks. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This Cave Creek hiking trail has blade-like pinnacles and quartz along its loop," 31 Oct. 2019 Facebook has been criticized for zig-zagging on its approach to news, which some have said helped lead to the demise of some digital outlets. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Facebook announces effort to partner with media to promote journalism," 27 Oct. 2019 First up was the slalom, a short, flat, zig-zagging course marked with bright orange cones. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "What I Learned as a Nondriver at Racing School," 15 Oct. 2019 The park will be bounded by a maze-like, zig-zagging walking loop, with a diagonal path that cuts through the park itself. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Midway Peace Park, one of the most ambitious park designs in the city’s recent history, breaks ground," 18 Sep. 2019 New York has always been a busy fashion week, but this year’s condensed schedule masterminded by Ford has resulted in more back-to-back scheduling, zig-zagging across boroughs, and 9:00 p.m. shows. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The New York Fashion Week Preview—From a Shortened Schedule to Rihanna’s Blockbuster Show," 4 Sep. 2019 In the fifth game, with Medvedev serving and up 40–love, Nadal managed to slice his way to deuce and eventually break serve, with a forehand winner after a wild zig-zag twenty-eight-shot rally. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Rafael Nadal Defeats Daniil Medvedev in the Best U.S. Open Men’s Final of This Century," 9 Sep. 2019 This is a place for a couple to hunker down—the Airbnb's only bedroom is set beneath the zig-zag of stairs leading to the apartment above, with a surprisingly large ensuite bathroom. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "My Favorite Airbnb in Edinburgh: A Minimalist Haven in Old Town," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Before that half was up, Prater and ran in two scores himself, one a 42-yard jaunt that saw him zig-zagging the field as several Bulldogs lunged unsuccessfully to bring him down. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Defending Division IV champ Wyoming advances with a 49-18 defeat of Milton-Union," 10 Nov. 2019 But there are plenty of times that Erik Spoelstra prefers to zig where Pat might have zagged. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Will Heat be able to replace Hassan Whiteside’s rebounds?," 8 Oct. 2019 Vogueworld Emily Ratajkowski’s Latest Look Takes a Cue from the Olsen Twins Actress, model and Instagram queen Emily Ratajkowski knows how to effortlessly zig-zag the best of summer style. Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski’s Latest Look Takes a Cue from the Olsen Twins," 20 Aug. 2019 That four-door touring sedan, with its powerful engine and fantastic leather interior, made for an ideal chariot on our seven-day journey zig-zagging around France. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: Speeding Through the French Countryside in the Audi A8," 25 Sep. 2018 But the best streetwear brands zig when everyone else zags—so, naturally, the third drop from their spring/summer collection has perfect-for-summer suits, ultra-luxe takes on graphic tees and gym shorts, and must-wear footwear that isn’t sneakers. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Five Essential Menswear Drops to Shop This Weekend," 18 May 2018 Most of the trenches that zig zagged throughout this landscape were filled in and plowed over after the war. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Jamison relates her life in fits and starts, zig-zagging from her time at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop to her freshman year at Harvard to her graduate study at Yale. Daphne Merkin, The New Republic, "How Leslie Jamison rejected the link between creativity and alcoholism," 5 July 2018 When the ceremony concluded, people flooded to the mural to leave flowers, zig zagging up the walkway as flowers filled up available space on ledges and were threaded through railings. Corlyn Voorhees, OregonLive.com, "Portland marks MAX attack anniversary with ceremony, mural dedication," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of zig


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1940, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

18 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Zig.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zigging. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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