zip·​per | \ ˈzi-pər How to pronounce zipper (audio) \

Definition of zipper

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: 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)

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Examples of zipper in a Sentence

Noun The zipper was stuck and we couldn't open the suitcase. Can you help him with his zipper?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Therefore, the more complex the composition of buttons and zippers, the harder his day is. Jamie Sumner, Washington Post, "How a T-shirt is helping my nonverbal son to communicate," 8 Aug. 2019 The outer fabric, waterproof membrane, lining and insulation that are all made from recycled materials (zippers, pull-tabs and labels are the only components that are not recycled). Los Angeles Times, "A plant-based running shoe? Outdoor gear that’s kind to the planet," 8 Aug. 2019 Squeeze out as much air as possible, seal the zipper, and lay the bags flat on a tray for freezing., "Freeze those ripe tomatoes for the middle of winter, when they’ll brighten a dreary day - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Her outerwear choice was unique too: Check out the zipper! Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "5 Black Jean Outfit Ideas to Get You Out of That Denim Style Rut," 15 Aug. 2019 The Colorado Department of Transportation encourages drivers to use the zipper merge tactic. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Drivers, you're merging all wrong: Being polite is causing traffic jams, experts say," 23 July 2019 At a Nantucket bar, the man had been talking with Spacey, who bought him a number of drinks and, according to the accuser, pulled down the man’s zipper and started fondling him. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Kevin Spacey Is Not Vindicated," 18 July 2019 Charlotte wriggles into her navy Jil Sander power suit, wrestling with the zipper that seems to be saying: Sorry, girl! David Canfield,, "Exclusive: The author of A Simple Favor is back with another juicy thriller," 5 June 2019 Instead, the Travel Backpack uses heavy-duty zippers on the exterior. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Peak Design’s new $300 Travel Backpack is designed to be the ultimate carry-on bag," 23 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As of last weekend, the microfleece, zippered pajamas, sold under the label Absorba, were seen by an AP reporter on some Costco shelves in packs of two, for $14.99. NBC News, "Company making Costco baby pajamas flagged for forced labor," 8 Oct. 2019 One man had short black hair, a dark complexion and wore a bright yellow zippered jacket with a black and white stripe down each sleeve, carrying a black Marshall’s bag with pink flowers on it. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Cops: Man in women’s clothes may have been one of two thieves in $6,000 perfume theft," 27 Sep. 2019 The three-tier nylon and mesh shelving unit collapses atop its own integrated zippered packing cube (well, rectangle), compresses with a push, then latches shut with built-in plastic clip buckles. Los Angeles Times, "Key to better packing? It’s in the bag," 26 Sep. 2019 Wash your bras and lingerie the right way and jeans zippered and buttoned up and turned inside out. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Definitive Guide to Budgeting Your Money in 2019," 17 Sep. 2019 Among the innovations: more efficient ways to manage power consumption for your gadgets, an alarm system and zippered pockets for cords. Washington Post, "Second-generation ‘smart’ luggage aims to balance form and function (batteries included)," 23 Aug. 2019 One’s tongue lolls out; the other’s mouth is zippered shut., "How a petty fight in a wealthy neighborhood ended with a California home covered in giant emoji," 8 Aug. 2019 With two mesh side pockets, a front zippered pouch, and elastic straps on top, there is plenty of space to carry your ancillary stuff that doesn’t need to be kept cold. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Soft Coolers for Any Outing," 25 June 2019 The front of the pack has a hard-shell zippered compartment for storing sunglasses and other fragile items, and several RFID-blocking pouches for keeping your credit cards and other data safe. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 16 July 2019

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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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The first known use of zipper was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of zipper

US : 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 How to pronounce zipper (audio) \

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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