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zing

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noun \ˈziŋ\

Definition of zing

  1. 1 :  a shrill humming noise

  2. 2 a :  an enjoyably exciting or stimulating quality :  zest <really put some zing into this industry — Erwin Fine> b :  a sharply piquant flavor <barbecue sauce with zing>

Examples of zing in a sentence

  1. They needed to put some zing back into their relationship.

  2. The chili peppers give the sauce a little extra zing.

Origin and Etymology of zing

imitative


First Known Use: 1911


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zing

verb

Definition of zing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make or move with a humming sound

  3. 2 :  zip, speed

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to hit suddenly :  zap

  6. 2 :  to criticize in a pointed or witty manner

Examples of zing in a sentence

  1. The comics spent the evening cracking jokes and zinging each other.

  2. His opponent has run television ads zinging him.

1920

First Known Use of zing

1920


ZING Defined for English Language Learners

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zing

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noun \ˈziŋ\

Definition of zing for English Language Learners

  • : a quality that makes something exciting, interesting, etc.


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zing

verb

Definition of zing for English Language Learners

  • : to move very quickly and make a humming sound

  • : to insult or criticize (someone) in a sharp, clever, or playful way


ZING Defined for Kids

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zing

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noun \ˈziŋ\

Definition of zing for Students

  1. 1 :  a high-pitched humming sound <the zing of an arrow>

  2. 2 :  a lively or energetic quality <It's a musical with lots of zing.>

  3. 3 :  a sharp or spicy flavor <Hot peppers give the chili zing.>


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zing

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verb

Definition of zing for Students

zinged

zinging

  1. :  to move very quick with a high-pitched humming sound <Bullets and metal pieces zinged by, ripping holes in the sails … — Jon Scieszka, The Not-So-Jolly Roger>


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