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zing

play
noun \ ˈziŋ \

Definition of zing

1 :a shrill humming noise
2 a :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

Examples of zing in a Sentence

  1. They needed to put some zing back into their relationship.

  2. The chili peppers give the sauce a little extra zing.

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Origin and Etymology of zing

imitative


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zing

verb

Definition of zing

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

Examples of zing in a Sentence

  1. The comics spent the evening cracking jokes and zinging each other.

  2. His opponent has run television ads zinging him.

Recent Examples of zing from the Web

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First Known Use of zing

1920


ZING Defined for English Language Learners

zing

play
noun

Definition of zing for English Language Learners

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


zing

verb

Definition of zing for English Language Learners

  • : to move very quickly and make a humming sound

  • : to insult or criticize (someone) in a sharp, clever, or playful way


ZING Defined for Kids

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zing

play
noun \ ˈziŋ \

Definition of zing for Students

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.

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zing

verb

Definition of zing for Students

zinged; zinging
: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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