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 This mouthwatering 100% Viura is a great way to wake up the palate for a fine meal, with zippy flavors of pear and green apple with just a hint of white florals. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, 28 May 2021 But that’s not all: This zippy, whisper-quiet gadget offers incredible suction and in our tests, picked up around 11.6 grams of dirt per run, which far exceeded what most iRobot units could handle. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 Press previews like this one usually feature highly optioned, zippy top-of-the line models, the better to show off all available finery. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 20 Apr. 2021 Those Evo systems were impressively zippy, even while on battery. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2021 The consensus rang that this zippy number was easily one of the favorites of the group, due to being the most subtle in flavor and similar to a lemon-lime soda that's been slightly spiked. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 12 Apr. 2021 Three Giants relievers worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings, with closer-apparent Jake McGee making his second straight zippy appearance, needed only 11 pitches to finish off San Francisco’s 6-3 victory over the Mariners. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr. 2021 Rather, what gives the story, at times, a fleetingly persuasive sense of texture is a zippy profusion of details adorning otherwise merely informational scenes. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 Would some Oscar voters skip a gentle title in a foreign language without names or a zippy hook? Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of zippy

1904, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2021

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“Zippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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