zing

noun
\ ˈziŋ How to pronounce zing (audio) \

Definition of zing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a shrill humming noise
2a : 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

zing

verb
zinged; zinging; zings

Definition of zing (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make or move with a humming sound
2 : zip, speed

transitive verb

1 : to hit suddenly : zap
2 : to criticize in a pointed or witty manner

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Examples of zing in a Sentence

Noun They needed to put some zing back into their relationship. The chili peppers give the sauce a little extra zing. Verb The comics spent the evening cracking jokes and zinging each other. His opponent has run television ads zinging him.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But ultimately the blossoming lip is the easiest—and chicest—way to add a punchy zing of color to your natural glow. Lauren Valent, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2021 Let that experience wash away with this one, boasting spinach for that green hue, yogurt for protein, dates, pear and honey for sweetness, and fresh ginger for zing. Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2021 Real Housewives of Columbia, Maryland doesn’t quite have the same zing to it as Potomac, however, so the lie continues. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 11 July 2021 Orange zest and ginger add zing to these crunchy freeze-and-forget cookies. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2021 Minced jalapeños give the vegetables heat and lemon juice and zest add zing. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Notes of maritime influence from the sea are savory, lightly chewy, and open up to an almost herbaceous quality of fresh ginger zing, tangy sea salt, and caramel apple. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 24 May 2021 As for what to do with those little green wonders, add them to a cheese or charcuterie plate, use a few in a salad to add a bright note, or pair them with a simple fish or chicken dish to add a little zing. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 10 June 2021 If the French show had the stale energy of an antiquated opera house, the Americans’ had the energized zing of a Broadway debut, in part thanks to Minnelli. Meg Donohue, Town & Country, 16 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their fellow party members are trying to chip away at their credibility to zing them for participating and undermine the committee's mission in general. Aj Willingham, CNN, 27 July 2021 After all, more than 200 moons zing around the measly eight planets in our own Solar System. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 22 July 2021 Standing still out of fear while others zing past on the highway is like asking your GPS navigation system to route you directly to Regretville. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, 1 Aug. 2020 Appearing with Anderson Cooper on CNN Monday night, Nancy Pelosi zinged Trump for taking the drug. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 19 May 2020 Earthy beets get a hit of smoke from the grill, zinged up with charred orange and lemon. Caesarstone, Bon Appétit, 2 Apr. 2020 Sense and Sensibility' (1995) Ang Lee directs a script by Emma Thompson that zings energy into the story of the Dashwood sisters (played by Thompson and Kate Winslet), who grow up in wealth but lose everything after their father's death. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2020 The Canadian-American humorist died in 2012 at the age of 47 and his essays always crackled with zinging observations about other people’s foibles, but most often his own. Maris Kreizman, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2020 Incredibly lean, not greasy, and a very generous portion zinged up by green peppers. cleveland, 23 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of zing

Noun

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1920, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for zing

Noun

imitative

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Last Updated

17 Sep 2021

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“Zing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zing. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for zing

zing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

zing

verb

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

: to move very quickly and make a humming sound
: to insult or criticize (someone) in a sharp, clever, or playful way

zing

noun
\ ˈziŋ How to pronounce zing (audio) \

Kids Definition of zing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a high-pitched humming sound the zing of an arrow
2 : a lively or energetic quality It's a musical with lots of zing.
3 : a sharp or spicy flavor Hot peppers give the chili zing.

zing

verb
zinged; zinging

Kids Definition of zing (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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