zigzag

noun
zig·​zag | \ ˈzig-ˌzag How to pronounce zigzag (audio) \

Definition of zigzag

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: one of a series of short sharp turns, angles, or alterations in a course also : something having the form or character of such a series a blouse with green zigzags endured the zigzags of policy — Richard Bernstein

zigzag

adverb

Definition of zigzag (Entry 2 of 4)

: in or by a zigzag path or course

zigzag

adjective

Definition of zigzag (Entry 3 of 4)

: having short sharp turns or angles a zigzag trail

zigzag

verb
zigzagged; zigzagging

Definition of zigzag (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to form into a zigzag or move along a zigzag course

intransitive verb

: to lie in, proceed along, or consist of a zigzag course

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Other Words from zigzag

Noun

zigzaggy \ ˈzig-​ˌza-​gē How to pronounce zigzag (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for zigzag

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of zigzag in a Sentence

Noun The kids were running in circles and zigzags around the yard. He's wearing a shirt with red zigzags on it. Verb We saw a motorcycle zigzagging on the highway. The player with the ball zigzagged back and forth down the field. A dirt road zigzags up the steep hill to our cabin.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Casually kicking his skateboard up into his hand after an afternoon run, Zuppke stopped long enough to admire the design of the surface, a two-tone zigzag pattern that reminds Sarah Lemelin of Charlie Brown’s trademark shirt. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, 30 May 2020 Queen Rania of Jordan wore a grey Nafsika Skourti jacket with zigzag embroidery to welcome the president and first lady of Germany to Amman in 2015. Sheila Marikar, 1843, 7 May 2020 Why not take a zigzag journey through the state capitals? Ted Widmer, Time, 17 Apr. 2020 Floating above the rising line were some black zigzags that faintly resembled cursive letters: the president’s signature. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2020 But today, without that costly option, Roscosmos engineers need to fit all major components onto rail cars, which could then pass through the narrow tunnels and treacherous zigzags of the Trans-Siberian railroad. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, 3 Feb. 2020 Grazer came to Hollywood by way of a zigzag academic route, majoring in psychology at the University of Southern California, switching to cinema and television, then graduating and spending a year in law school before starting in TV production. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 19 Sep. 2019 In dramatic terms, 2020 is an exciting race with more zigzags that a slalom. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 12 Feb. 2020 The pattern is less bothersome when used in flooring because the alternating zigzags are all the same color. Elizabeth Mayhew, Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gravel roads zigzag up the disfigured faces of mountainsides torn apart by explosives. azcentral, 15 Apr. 2021 The small burial ground is the only open space clear of trees and brush for miles, save the roads that zigzag through this stretch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in southeast Kentucky. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2021 The dogs scamper straight up, but the mules have to zigzag their way, setting off small rockslides at each rum. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 30 Dec. 2020 Haskell also can zigzag through an opposing defense for a 75-yard touchdown run. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Dec. 2020 Rather than cutting straight down into the rubber tread blocs, the 3D sipes zigzag their way through the rubber, so that when the car is turning on a dry surface, the rubber is able to support the load better, eliminating the squirming feeling. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 12 Dec. 2020 Kicking off in the northern part of Ward 4, the parade will zigzag throughout the streets. John Benson, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2020 By contrast, Isle de France is reached by steep zigzagging roads that let out into a green beachside oasis. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Apr. 2020 Lightfoot’s on the road in Iowa where candidates for months now have been zigzagging the state in hopes of notching an initial victory as primary season gets underway. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of zigzag

Noun

1712, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

circa 1730, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1750, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1777, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for zigzag

Noun

French

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“Zigzag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zigzag. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for zigzag

zigzag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zigzag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line that has a series of short, sharp turns or angles

zigzag

verb

English Language Learners Definition of zigzag (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move along a path that has a series of short, sharp turns or angles

zigzag

noun
zig·​zag | \ ˈzig-ˌzag How to pronounce zigzag (audio) \

Kids Definition of zigzag

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : one of a series of short sharp turns or angles in a line or course
2 : a line, path, or pattern with a series of short sharp angles

zigzag

adverb

Kids Definition of zigzag (Entry 2 of 4)

: in or by a line or course that has short sharp turns or angles He ran zigzag across the field.

zigzag

adjective

Kids Definition of zigzag (Entry 3 of 4)

: having short sharp turns or angles

zigzag

verb
zigzagged; zigzagging

Kids Definition of zigzag (Entry 4 of 4)

: to form into or move along a line or course that has short sharp turns or angles Both kids took off, zigzagging around trees and bushes.— Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer

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