zit

noun
\ ˈzit How to pronounce zit (audio) \
plural zits

Definition of zit

informal
: a small, red, swollen spot on the skin : pimple got a zit on his face … drama that goes well beyond the pre-prom zit— Mike Blaxill et al.

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Examples of zit in a Sentence

“Look at all these zits—I'm hideous!” wailed the high schooler
Recent Examples on the Web There were boys who had zits and boys who had baby faces. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "How to navigate your relationship with your teen son," 11 Sep. 2019 To cover zits, dark circles, and redness, a good concealer is key. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "12 Beginner Makeup Tips That'll Totally Change Your Life," 10 Dec. 2018 No longer are the zits the juicy whiteheads that explode with a satisfying pop. Allure, "How to Treat Cystic Acne, According to Dermatologists," 14 Mar. 2019 Just as there’s more than one type of pimple, the types of marks zits tend to leave behind can also vary. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "7 Over-the-Counter Products Dermatologists Recommend to Fade Acne Scars," 20 Aug. 2019 For all skin types: Patchology Breakout Box 3-in-1 Acne Treatment Kit Not all zits are created equal, which is why this set offers three types of patches to target the most common types. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Spot Treatments to Save Your Skin from Breaking Out While Traveling," 5 Aug. 2019 For a large part of my life, I felt compelled to pick at my zits. Emily Gaudette, SELF, "How I Realized My Cystic Acne Was Exacerbating My Anxiety," 15 Apr. 2019 The word alone — puberty — conjures the need to stockpile zit cream and blare grunge music. Washington Post, "How to talk to tweens about body odor (without making it awkward)," 25 July 2019 All those horrible period cramps and painful chin zits for 0.2? Alyssa Mastromonaco, Marie Claire, "Alyssa Mastromonaco Explores Her Non-Decision to Not Have Kids," 5 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of zit

circa 1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zit

origin unknown

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The first known use of zit was circa 1966

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4 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Zit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zit. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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zit

noun
How to pronounce zit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of zit

informal : a small, red, swollen spot on the skin

zit

noun
\ ˈzit How to pronounce zit (audio) \

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