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: a shrill humming noise
: an enjoyably exciting or stimulating quality : zest
really put some zing into this industryErwin Fine
: a sharply piquant flavor
barbecue sauce with zing


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zinged; zinging; zings

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Especially when the movie is basically a high-concept rehash of 2022’s Bodies Bodies Bodies, with less of the wicked satirical zing. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 His variation — butter lettuce rather than the usual romaine, actually ripe tomato, a judicious amount of crisped bread, the right zing of pomegranate molasses in the dressing — shows thoughtful restraint. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 The initial sip delivers flavors that are earthy, tart, sweet and tropical with a bracing zing, thanks to the strong ginger beer. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 9 Jan. 2024 Levy has crafted an emotional story strong enough to withstand the zings of an ironic generation, who’ve been conditioned to snipe at sincerity. Peter Debruge, Variety, 28 Dec. 2023 Christmas Eve brings a certain zing to the usual Schutte home commotion. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 24 Dec. 2023 A little bit of lemon zest on each plate adds a welcome burst of lemony flavor, with the chives providing an extra zing. Karen Schroeder-Rankin, Southern Living, 1 Aug. 2023 Cool yogurt with a zing of garlic rounds out the trio. Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2023 Ground ginger: Classic pumpkin pie seasoning, ginger adds a hint of zing and warmth. Amanda Stanfield, Southern Living, 27 Nov. 2023
The report also warns if your master password is weak and zings you for not using two-factor authentication. PCMAG, 22 Jan. 2024 Nabulsi’s dialogue often zings with the way people, as opposed to dramatic constructs, actually talk. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 These dishes are rich, comfort foods that require a crisp wine to cut through the fat and zing your palate. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 The next step: Leck would like to enable the bot to learn new arguments from other climate debates that constantly zing around on Twitter. Jennifer Welsh, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2010 The author will zing them up to boost your culinary entertaining quotient. Marc Bona, cleveland, 6 Dec. 2022 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 See More

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Word History




First Known Use


1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1911, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of zing was in 1902

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“Zing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zing. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a shrill humming sound
: a lively or energetic quality
a musical show with lots of zing

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