zip

1 of 6

verb (1)

zipped; zipping; zips

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

2 of 6

noun (1)

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

zip

3 of 6

noun (2)

: nothing, zero
the final score was 27 to zip

zip

4 of 6

noun (3)

chiefly British
: zipper

zip

5 of 6

verb (2)

zipped; zipping; zips

transitive verb

1
a
: 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

6 of 6

noun (4)

often all capitalized

Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

imitative of the sound of a speeding object

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Verb (2)

back-formation from zipper

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1852, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1925, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1925, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (4)

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zip was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Zip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zip. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

zip

1 of 5 verb
zipped; zipping
1
: to move or act with speed and energy
2
: to travel with a sharp hissing or humming sound
3
: to add energy, interest, or life to
often used with up

zip

2 of 5 noun
1
: a sudden sharp hissing sound
2
: vim, energy

zip

3 of 5 verb
zipped; zipping
: to close or open with a zipper

zip

4 of 5 noun
: zero entry 1 sense 1
won the game 7–zip

zip

5 of 5 noun
often capitalized Z&I&P

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