zing

noun
\ˈziŋ \

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

And come fall and winter, any dip in the tub would be remiss not to include a zing of ginger, says Anna Lam, founder of natural skincare brand Gingerchi. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Hot Ginger Bath Is the Perfect Detox Ritual for Winter," 26 Nov. 2018 While Dracula zings again, this third offering in the offbeat look at the world of ghouls and monsters doesn't come close to having the same zing as the first or second offering. Rick Bentley, chicagotribune.com, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' review: Monsters aboard the Love Boat," 12 July 2018 Certainly their relationship had a zing missing in the spark-free interface between Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin in Adrift, a particular problem as the movie is built around their romance. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Adrift': This movie is dead in the water," 31 May 2018 This creamy yellow cheese sauce thickened with crackers and aji amarillo peppers had the perfect combo of zing and cream, and, at least in Philly, seems destined one day to become a Whiz-upgrade for a Peruvian cheesesteak. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "At Vista Peru, a view of promise, pisco and problems," 18 May 2018 But a couple of decades later, the joke has lost a bit of its zing. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Add all those other backing up helpers, the dings and zings, beeps and blurps, as well as a crystal clear head-up display and the $3,200 upcharge starts to seem reasonable. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 BMW 530i xDrive is all very good and nice," 26 July 2017 The squash was crisp outside and warm and chewy inside, with the glaze adding zing. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 Yet without it cookies lose their zing, milk chocolate its fragrance, crème brûlée its flare and Calvin Klein’s Obsession its sweet, earthy base. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Down 49-47 to West Clermont Wednesday night, with a few seconds left and one play, Kennedi Myles took an inbound pass, crossed half court and zinged the strings for the winning trifecta for a 50-49 stunner. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Springer: Are deep freezes coming in the CHL?," 28 Jan. 2018 While Dracula zings again, this third offering in the offbeat look at the world of ghouls and monsters doesn't come close to having the same zing as the first or second offering. Rick Bentley, chicagotribune.com, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' review: Monsters aboard the Love Boat," 12 July 2018 But though Dracula zings again, this third offering in the offbeat look at the world of ghouls and monsters doesn’t come close to having the same zing as the first or second. Rick Bentley, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is a little short on zing," 12 July 2018 Messi, desperate to atone for his spot-kick failure, rifled a shot from just atop the edge of the box, presumably aiming for the top-left corner, but the ball zinged just wide. SI.com, "Argentina 1-1 Iceland: Messi and Co Stunned by Steely Icelandic Side in World Cup Opener," 16 June 2018 Thirty minutes later, a cocaine-like rush zinged through my upper body. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 But a healthy Cam Newton — who missed all of minicamp and a lot of training camp last year following shoulder surgery — figures to enjoy zinging the ball around in Turner’s vertical stretch passing game. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "5 accomplishments that would signal success in this week's Carolina Panthers minicamp," 11 June 2018 The only thing that kept zinging me is that the iPad can’t run three apps at once like the Pro can. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple iPad (2018) review: pencil it in," 3 Apr. 2018 Madrid started brightly, with their attack zinging right from the off, and the Girona defenders being pulled out of position regularly by smart movement. SI.com, "Real Madrid 6-3 Girona: Ronaldo Scores Four as Madrid Battle Past a Hardened Girona in Goal-fest," 18 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \

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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