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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 Very fresh veggies, and the lemon adds some nice zing. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "This locally-made savory crepe’s more than a fancy wrap," 5 Feb. 2020 Here the buttery depth of miso combined with fiery gochujang paste, maple syrup and the zing of vinegar and citrus provides a big boost. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "From MSG Scare to MVP Status: How We Learned to Love Umami," 30 Jan. 2020 More: Try this trick to make classic hummus smooth More: Meijer to stop offering some free prescription drugs: What to know One unique ingredient that gives these sloppy joes a nice subtle zing is horseradish. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Super Bowl food: Easy twist on sloppy joes has a horseradish kick," 24 Jan. 2020 Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous youthful elixir, the makeup-artist favorite imparts a dewy, supple glow with toning rose extract and rosemary essential oil, as well as a refreshing zing with astringent mint. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2020," 24 Dec. 2019 Fiers’ first pitch cutter to Rougned Odor and felt a zing through his right forearm. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Despite Mike Fiers’ scare on the mound, Athletics power out a win over Rangers," 14 Sep. 2019 As a bonus, use a splash of the rich syrup in cocktails, mocktails, or to add fruitiness to vinaigrette, or anything that could be enlivened by a touch of its sweet berry zing — which may be almost everything. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Get festive and fancy with flowers in your flute," 27 Aug. 2019 The team had been working to cut sodium, and was now searching for something else to add zing. New York Times, "In a Burger World, Can Sweetgreen Scale Up?," 4 Jan. 2020 The political humor has sustained the NBC series in recent years, but with impeachment looming, the Donald Trump jokes don’t have the old zing. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘SNL’ enlists ‘Ferris Bueller’ star to lampoon impeachment," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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

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19 Feb 2020

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“Zing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zing. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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