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: a shrill humming noise
: an enjoyably exciting or stimulating quality : zest
really put some zing into this industry Erwin 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

Example Sentences

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
Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is one thing, but feeling the zing of your feet hitting a chilly floor in the morning is another. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Oct. 2022 Faces contort as the pungent zing rises to their nostrils. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Oct. 2022 The latter is a little raft of warm bread heaped with cool seafood and deviled egg salad, its rich creaminess offset with crisp radish, apple and the zing of yuzu vinaigrette. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2022 Then, for the just-right amount of zing, add a splash of lemon juice. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Sep. 2022 With two shots of tequila per can, JuneShine's ranch water will add zing to your own happy hours. Robin Soslow, Chron, 22 Aug. 2022 Zanzibar peppercorns pack a wallop of heat with a faint lemony zing, while crushed chipotle flakes punch through with haunting smoke and intense spice. Shilpa Uskokovic, Bon Appétit, 25 Aug. 2022 Lee’s account was nicely noble without being detached, and the third movement march packed a somewhat surprising zing. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2022 Adding to the sad texture, the less-than-zesty dressing left a bitter zing in the back of our throats. cleveland, 23 Nov. 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 The zinging banter between the two characters is really a battle of philosophies. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, 9 Mar. 2018 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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Cite this Entry

“Zing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zing. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



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

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