zip·​py | \ ˈzi-pē How to pronounce zippy (audio) \
zippier; zippiest

Definition of zippy

: full of zip: such as
a : very quick or speedy a zippy sports car
b : strikingly fresh, lively, or appealing in style zippy clothes

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Examples of zippy in a Sentence

a crowd of zippy children who'd been cooped up all day she just bought a zippy new computer that should enable her to work more efficiently
Recent Examples on the Web But most of those bits are folded into zippy highlight montages — a device that saps the comedy of its duration, the sense of entrapment that is its most crucial, cringe-inducing element. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ brings Zach Galifianakis’ hilarious web series to Netflix," 20 Sep. 2019 Vehicle navigation is another treat, with a good variety of zippy ATVs to get you around quickly. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Borderlands 3 is a lot more Borderlands, in ways both good and bad," 17 Sep. 2019 That being said, the zippy jalapeño chile version was a clear fave. Paul Stephen,, "Just the Cheese is the quick queso snack of your dreams," 11 Sep. 2019 But K2-18b’s zippy orbit could also present problems. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why This Earth-Like Planet is a Big Step Forward in the Search for Life," 11 Sep. 2019 Most people prefer quiet and higher gas mileage to zippier acceleration. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Manual shifting of automatic brings more power, noise," 1 Sep. 2019 The Los Angeles Police Department wrote 800 tickets to riders on the zippy electric vehicles between January of 2018 and mid-July, and cited them for more than 900 violations, according to city data analyzed by The Times. Los Angeles Times, "As scooters flood Los Angeles, the number of tickets written to riders is soaring," 23 Aug. 2019 Several cups of herbs — basil, mint and cilantro — add a zippy complexity. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Tangy, Bright and So Very Light," 16 Aug. 2019 Unlike the icy, calculating Shiv, Snook is genial and warm, with a zippy Australian accent. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "In Season 2, Succession Is Sarah Snook's Show," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of zippy

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zippy was in 1904

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13 Nov 2019

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“Zippy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce zippy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of zippy

: very fast
: appealingly stylish
: having a spicy flavor


zip·​py | \ ˈzi-pē How to pronounce zippy (audio) \
zippier; zippiest

Kids Definition of zippy

1 : speedy zippy cars
2 : full of energy : lively a zippy song

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