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 As always, beneath the zing of his prose beats a warm heart. The Economist, "Memory lane Roddy Doyle’s new novel is funny and moving," 12 Sep. 2020 Lemon juice takes the place of water and its zest adds another layer of citrus zing. cleveland, "Create your own simple syrup for the best summer drinks," 6 July 2020 The secret to the popularity of their unusual wines is a house style that stresses clarity, focus and zing. Mike Dunne, SFChronicle.com, "Acquiesce is the rebel Lodi winery that makes only white wine," 16 June 2020 Shukert’s desire to both preserve and update the franchise’s original appeal pays off with an appropriate zing or two in the dialogue. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Netflix’s fresh take on ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ celebrates the best qualities of a new generation," 2 July 2020 Give your guacamole or popcorn some extra chile-lime zing. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Tajín Seasoning Is the Perfect Zesty Spice to Add to Your Pantry," 24 June 2020 The amount of cayenne pepper in the recipe gives a mild zing to the sauce. cleveland, "Spice things up with Pork Creole," 11 June 2020 As the tach zings past 6000 or so, the clutch hooks up, and you're gone. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2019 Porsche Speedster Makes a Case for Less Is More," 27 Mar. 2020 Chow chow adds some zing to a meal with rice and beans. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "Meherwan Irani Wants to Change Stereotypes About the South, Starting With Dinner," 12 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "20 feet at a time. That's the best way to navigate the road ahead during uncertain times," 1 Aug. 2020 Appearing with Anderson Cooper on CNN Monday night, Nancy Pelosi zinged Trump for taking the drug. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Fox News can't get its message straight on hydroxychloroquine," 19 May 2020 Earthy beets get a hit of smoke from the grill, zinged up with charred orange and lemon. Caesarstone, Bon Appétit, "Real Outdoor Cooks Agree: This Is the Counter for Adventurous Cooking," 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, "The 5 best Jane Austen TV and film adaptations, from 'Clueless' to 'Sanditon'," 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, "In These 10 Books, the Blissful Pleasure of an Escapist Read," 16 Apr. 2020 Incredibly lean, not greasy, and a very generous portion zinged up by green peppers. cleveland, "A perfect Cleveland fantasy brunch, all in one meal (photos)," 23 Feb. 2020 There's a lot of flavors zinging around with this sandwich. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Good Company: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 11 Jan. 2020 USA Today posted a string of Twitter comments zinging Peloton on Jan. 29. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Peloton offers a good holiday shopping exercise for thinking before buying," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Zing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zing. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for zing

zing

noun
How to pronounce zing (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of zing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

zing

verb

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

informal
: to move very quickly and make a humming sound
US, informal : 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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