zip

verb (1)
\ ˈzip How to pronounce zip (audio) \
zipped; zipping

Definition of zip

 (Entry 1 of 6)

intransitive verb

1 : to move, act, or function with speed and vigor
2 : to travel with a sharp hissing or humming sound

transitive verb

1 : to impart speed or force to
2 : to add zest, interest, or life to often used with up
3 : to transport or propel with speed

zip

noun (1)

Definition of zip (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : a sudden sharp hissing or sibilant sound
2 : energy, vim

zip

noun (2)

Definition of zip (Entry 3 of 6)

: nothing, zero the final score was 27 to zip

zip

noun (3)

Definition of zip (Entry 4 of 6)

chiefly British
: zipper

zip

verb (2)
zipped; zipping

Definition of zip (Entry 5 of 6)

transitive verb

1a : to close or open with or as if with a zipper
b : to enclose or wrap by fastening a zipper
2 : to cause (a zipper) to open or shut

intransitive verb

: to become open, closed, or attached by means of a zipper

zip

noun (4), often all capitalized

Definition of zip (Entry 6 of 6)

Other Words from zip

Noun (1)

zipless \ ˈzip-​ləs How to pronounce zip (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of zip

Verb (1)

1852, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1920, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1932, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (4)

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zip

Verb (1)

imitative of the sound of a speeding object

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Verb (2)

back-formation from zipper

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“Zip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zip. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for zip

zip

verb
\ ˈzip How to pronounce zip (audio) \
zipped; zipping

Kids Definition of zip

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

zip

noun

Kids Definition of zip (Entry 2 of 3)

: energy and enthusiasm He performs with zip.

zip

verb
zipped; zipping

Kids Definition of zip (Entry 3 of 3)

: to close or open with a zipper

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