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

The direct-to-consumer company designs carry-ons and checked bags that prioritize functionality over trends: sturdy handles molded to your grip, a scratch-proof finish, and durable zippers. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Wants an Away Suitcase," 26 Nov. 2018 Clever designers took the best parts of leggings and brilliantly revised them with trouser detailing (like a zipper, pocket, and crisp cuts at the ankle). Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Wear Leggings to Work This Fall," 28 Aug. 2018 This easy-carry cooler can hold up to 20 cans or an entire meal, and has padded shoulder straps, a water-resistant, antimicrobial lining, and a zipper pull that doubles as a bottle opener. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Ways to eat well in the summer heat (no stove required)," 13 Aug. 2018 For mouth, unzip zipper a little more than halfway. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Its folding fabric top operation loses the recalcitrant zippers, meaning that owners will actually lower it. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 Its minimalist zipper pull was long enough to really yard on, and the sturdy metal carabiner-style fasteners on the shoulder straps could not have been nicer to operate. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Best Duffel Bags," 18 Apr. 2018 Wearing a black jacket with zipper details, black pants, and UNICEF tee, the star brought her new fave hue to her nails and eyeshadow for the evening. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown Matched Her Blue Manicure to Her Eyeshadow," 20 Nov. 2018 Precision is everywhere on view, from the simple jewel necklines that curve like celestial rings around the throat, to long sleeves that narrow into perfect pools at the wrists (tiny invisible zippers allow the hand through). Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘James Galanos: Design Integrity’ Review: The West Coast King of Fashion," 10 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Neoprene Laptop Sleeve accessory is dominated by a large main pocket that’s zippered at the top, which can easily hold a 15-inch laptop. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 Available in cotton/poly or microfleece, the relaxed-fit zippered hooded sweatshirt looks so unassuming. Judi Dash,, "Gadget Guru: SCOTTeVEST Technology-Enabled Zippered Hoodie," 18 Apr. 2018 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

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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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