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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


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 This Thanksgiving entree features a stuffing of nutty-tasting farro, foresty mushrooms and the zing of lemon. oregonlive, "15 Thanksgiving stuffing, dressing recipes to dress up the holiday table," 22 Nov. 2019 But the engine seems tuned for mid-range grunt, and the crankshaft is heavier than the one on the 450R motocross bike, trading some zing-zing throttle response for stall resistance out on the trail. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Somehow...This Honda CRF450L Off-Road Race Bike Is Street Legal," 2 Oct. 2019 Carrots and fennel, an excellent match, get a bright zing from orange and dry white wine. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Carrots, get your 10 savory, earthy, sweet carrot recipes here!," 9 Sep. 2019 The finish is clean with a nice zing and lingering minerality intertwined with pear and lemon. Rachel King, Fortune, "Seven Ways to Enjoy White (Wine) After Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2019 The zing was elaborately planned, and so was the post-mortem. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump Was Always the Target of the Russia Investigation," 30 Aug. 2019 Also in Popeyes’ favor, the two pickle slices are larger in diameter than the two slices on a Chick-fil-A, so more bites include that crucial pickle zing. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Chick-fil-A vs. Popeyes: The sandwich showdown," 21 Aug. 2019 Vectors of rich color thickly or thinly applied zing across the canvas, cradling organic shapes within their geometric intersections. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sonic frequency as art? Enter Steve Roden’s captivating prisms of color," 17 Aug. 2019 To me, a zing of coral is what makes this sassy shade werk. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "5 Cult Favorite Lipstick Shades That Truly Look Awesome on Everyone," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Get our daily newsletter Alaska is a vibrant state with a swelling population, a humming economy and a vigorous democracy—zinging with Democrats’ abuse for the present governor, a President Donald Trump-loving Republican. The Economist, "Russia’s Chukotka and America’s Alaska are an era apart," 17 Oct. 2019 But importers and not just exporters are getting zinged. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Tariffs squeezing Colorado exporters and importers alike," 12 Sep. 2019 Separately, on Twitter, Biden's national press secretary TJ Ducklo also zinged the national press. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Democrats take aim at the media," 13 Aug. 2019 The Nebraska transfer zings a nice 20-yard sideline throw to Champ Flemings, then connects on another 20-yarder to tight end Noah Togiai despite tight coverage. oregonlive.com, "Is Tristan Gebbia making a serious run at Jake Luton for Oregon State starting quarterback? It seems so: Day 4 recap," 5 Aug. 2019 Yet, like Mongol missives zinging over city walls, the government’s threats are at once serious and a stratagem to frighten Hong Kongers into disowning the protesters and suing for peace. The Economist, "China is using Kublai Khan’s methods to quell protests in Hong Kong," 29 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the most tweeted about moment, according to data released by Twitter, came when Booker zinged Biden during a clash on criminal justice. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Google reveals most-searched candidate during Wednesday debate," 1 Aug. 2019 Curry, double-teamed, passed to Iguodala, who zinged a pass to Draymond Green, who fired cross-court to Thompson, who pump-faked Leonard into the air, paused, and drilled a 3. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Splash Brothers are on the spot in Game 6," 12 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of zing


1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for zing



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Last Updated

26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Zing.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zing?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=z&file=zing0001. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce zing (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of zing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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


\ 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.


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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