zip

1 of 6

verb (1)

zipped; zipping; zips

intransitive verb

1
: to move, act, or function with speed and vigor
2
: to travel with a sharp hissing or humming sound

transitive verb

1
: to impart speed or force to
2
: to add zest, interest, or life to
often used with up
3
: to transport or propel with speed

zip

2 of 6

noun (1)

1
: a sudden sharp hissing or sibilant sound
2
: energy, vim
zipless adjective

zip

3 of 6

noun (2)

: nothing, zero
the final score was 27 to zip

zip

4 of 6

noun (3)

chiefly British
: zipper

zip

5 of 6

verb (2)

zipped; zipping; zips

transitive verb

1
a
: to close or open with or as if with a zipper
b
: to enclose or wrap by fastening a zipper
2
: to cause (a zipper) to open or shut

intransitive verb

: to become open, closed, or attached by means of a zipper

zip

6 of 6

noun (4)

often all capitalized

Examples of zip in a Sentence

Verb (1) a dragonfly zipped by my ear the fly zipped around the room, trying to find a way to the outside knowing that she was already late, she went zipping off to meet her next client Noun (1) he has surprising zip for a man his age Noun (2) I've got zip as far as new ideas go
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Giancarlo Stanton, whose swings zip an average 80.6 mph, significantly faster than runner-up Oneil Cruz (77.7 mph). Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2024 Stars center Roope Hintz fired a frozen rope from the shooters’ left side of the crease to the right, setting up teammate Miro Heiskanen for a one-timer that zipped over Georgiev’s left shoulder and into the net with 5:14 left in the opening stanza. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 12 May 2024 The ballistic missiles rolled through Red Square, the fighter jets zipped overhead and rows of foreign dignitaries impassively looked on. Anatoly Kurmanaev Nanna Heitmann, New York Times, 9 May 2024 The chef is staring straight ahead when the shot zeros in on his eyes, flips outward, and quickly zooms out — zipping from the back of his head, through the restaurant, and over the city of Chicago. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 9 May 2024 This leads to superior cornering speeds, meaning the F1 cars zip about on road and street courses much more quickly than IndyCars. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 This annual display, which is active from April 15 to May 27, 2024, is known for its speedy meteors that zip through the sky at up to 148,000 miles per hour, according to NASA. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 3 May 2024 In the tradition of Prada Sport, these designs are all about speed and the need to zip through metropolitan centers with ease. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 2 May 2024 While the actor was zipping along the track, his then 11-year-old son filmed the action from the stands. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 1 May 2024
Noun
These pretty floral bags have little handles and the large one zips out to add more space to the bag. Taylor Fox, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2024 The top zips closed to keep your belongings safely inside, and there’s a slip pocket on the back for additional space to hold other essentials. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 7 May 2024 Another test measures the time required to move and copy a large set of varied files between drives, and the final test repeatedly zips and unzips that same file collection. PCMAG, 30 Apr. 2024 Their zip pockets do, however, bar you from riding water slides according to most manufacturers. Charlie Hobbs, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Apr. 2024 Each features an interior zip pocket for organization plus an outside zipper pocket for small essentials. Alesandra Dubin, Travel + Leisure, 13 Apr. 2024 Totality lasts for close to a minute and 55 seconds, beginning slightly before 3 p.m. Bardwell, part of Carlisle County, has a zip of 42021 and an area code of 270. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 26 Mar. 2024 Our punches don’t have the same zip to them; the provocations that once felt exciting and necessary now feel tired, rehearsed, even hypocritical in an arguably juvenile yet still broadly legible way. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2024 The bag zips fully closed and includes a folding changing mat. Maya Polton, Parents, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

imitative of the sound of a speeding object

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Verb (2)

back-formation from zipper

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1852, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1925, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1925, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (4)

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zip was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Zip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zip. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

zip

1 of 5 verb
zipped; zipping
1
: to move or act with speed and energy
2
: to travel with a sharp hissing or humming sound
3
: to add energy, interest, or life to
often used with up

zip

2 of 5 noun
1
: a sudden sharp hissing sound
2
: vim, energy

zip

3 of 5 verb
zipped; zipping
: to close or open with a zipper

zip

4 of 5 noun
: zero entry 1 sense 1
won the game 7–zip

zip

5 of 5 noun
often capitalized Z&I&P
Etymology

Verb

a word created to imitate the sound of an object speeding past

Verb

from zipper

Noun

origin unknown

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