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zip

play
verb \ˈzip\

Definition of zip

zipped

zipping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move, act, or function with speed and vigor

  3. 2 :  to travel with a sharp hissing or humming sound

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to impart speed or force to

  6. 2 :  to add zest, interest, or life to —often used with up

  7. 3 :  to transport or propel with speed

Origin and Etymology of zip

imitative of the sound of a speeding object


First Known Use: 1852


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zip

noun

Definition of zip

  1. 1 :  a sudden sharp hissing or sibilant sound

  2. 2 :  energy, vim

zipless

play \-ləs\ adjective

1867

First Known Use of zip

1867


3

zip

noun

Definition of zip

  1. :  nothing, zero <the final score was 27 to zip>

Origin and Etymology of zip

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1900


4

zip

noun

Definition of zip

chiefly British

  1. :  zipper

1920

First Known Use of zip

1920


5

zip

verb

Definition of zip

zipped

zipping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to close or open with or as if with a zipper b :  to enclose or wrap by fastening a zipper

  3. 2 :  to cause (a zipper) to open or shut

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become open, closed, or attached by means of a zipper

Origin and Etymology of zip

back-formation from zipper


First Known Use: 1932


6

zip

noun, often all capitalized

Definition of zip

  1. :  zip code 1

1969

First Known Use of zip

1969

Other Postal Terms



ZIP Defined for Kids

1

zip

play
verb \ˈzip\

Definition of zip for Students

zipped

zipping

  1. :  to move or act quickly and often with energy and enthusiasm <Cars zipped past us.>


2

zip

play
noun

Definition of zip for Students

  1. :  energy and enthusiasm <He performs with zip.>


3

zip

play
verb

Definition of zip for Students

zipped

zipping

  1. :  to close or open with a zipper



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