zip·per | \ˈzi-pər \

Definition of zipper 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a fastener consisting of two rows of metal or plastic teeth on strips of tape and a sliding piece that closes an opening by drawing the teeth together


zippered; zippering; zippers

Definition of zipper (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of zipper in a Sentence


The zipper was stuck and we couldn't open the suitcase. Can you help him with his zipper?

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Oh, my gosh, this is the Michael Jackson jacket with the zippers. Fox News, "Senate fight awaits Trump's Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 The cubes are made of lightweight nylon and boast durable, fully finished interior seams, along with YKK zippers that open and close easily. Seamus Bellamy/connor Whooley, USA TODAY, "The best luggage of 2018," 1 June 2018 The zipper on the Osprey was smoother when the pack was crammed full, but as an everyday hauler for a lot of stuff, the Right Pack is indeed right. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Battle of the Daypacks: JanSport vs. Osprey," 8 May 2018 Available July 21, the new Air Jordan 1 features a zipper instead of laces, and comes in red or white. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "We Regret to Inform You That Anna Wintour Is Now a Hypebeast," 12 July 2018 Besides a cake bearing the bank logo, branch manager David Jonagan and his team prepared goody bags labeled with deposit slips with each child’s name and Chase swag such as coloring books, piggy banks, balloons, pens and zipper bags. Maura Cordova, azcentral, "Phoenix boy 'obsessed' with banks throws 7th birthday party at Chase Bank," 24 May 2018 The Mid-Atlantic Ridge part of this zipper runs about 10,000 miles (16,000 km) in a curving path from the Arctic Ocean, through the middle of the Azores Islands, and down to the southern tip of Africa. National Geographic, "Smoking Ocean Vents Found in Surprisingly Shallow Water," 21 June 2018 These loose particles can clog sensitive equipment, jam zippers, ruin clothing and — as Schmitt discovered — wreak havoc on the human body if accidentally ingested by astronauts. Brandon Specktor, Fox News, "Moon dust could give astronauts permanent DNA damage, study finds," 17 May 2018 The man, who was larger in size, got the hood on, but the zipper only closed to the middle of his chest. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "NTSB: Lack of preparation contributed to deaths of 2 men in Bering Sea accident," 10 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The lightweight, mesh bag has a fold-over lid that clips shut, two shoulder straps for easy carrying, a small internal pocket for car keys and small items, and a separate zippered section in the bottom. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 6 June 2018 On the outside, zippered pockets top the two big hand-warmer pockets. Judi Dash,, "Gadget Guru: SCOTTeVEST Technology-Enabled Zippered Hoodie," 18 Apr. 2018 The kits include a tourniquet, hemostatic gauze, pressure dressing and airway and chest seal materials in a lightweight 6-inch by 4-inch zippered bag. Karina Bland, azcentral, "New statue to honor Granite Mountain Hotshots 5 years after Yarnell Hill Fire," 20 Apr. 2018 Two external zippered pockets hold small items such as my wallet, sunglasses, or car keys. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Testing the Chrome Niko Camera Bags," 20 Mar. 2018 Instead, each vehicle carried at least one long yellow zippered bag. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "‘Save Me, Save Me’: Scores Dead in Plane Crash in Nepal," 12 Mar. 2018 Look for ones that are labeled allergen-proof or are airtight and zippered. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Allergy Remedies Allergists Actually Use," 1 Mar. 2018 Day and evening silk scarves, zippered all-purpose silk pouches and elegant cushion covers are arrayed on tables, all at fairly reasonable prices for handmade pieces. New York Times, "The Woven Art of Laos," 31 Jan. 2018 The hood has a brim with toggles to lock in to keep your head covered, and there are also has zippered, waterproof pockets to store all of your valuables and keep them dry. The Si Staff,, "The Best New Workout Gear for Fall 2017," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of zipper


1926, in the meaning defined above


1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zipper


from Zipper, a trademark

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English Language Learners Definition of zipper

: a device that is made of two rows of metal or plastic teeth and another piece that slides over the teeth to make them fit together or come apart and that is used to fasten clothing, open or close bags, etc.


zip·per | \ˈzi-pər \

Kids Definition of zipper

: a fastener (as for a jacket) consisting of two rows of metal or plastic teeth and a sliding piece that closes an opening by bringing the teeth together

Other Words from zipper

zippered \-pərd \ adjective zippered pockets

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