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

Examples of zit in a Sentence

“Look at all these zits—I'm hideous!” wailed the high schooler
Recent Examples on the Web As fights erupt around her like zits on an oily 14-year-old’s face, Ana stays mostly quiet. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 3 Jan. 2024 For all skin types 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, 15 Feb. 2023 Dermatologists explain the risks, some tips for getting rid of zits, and what to do if acne is a persistent problem. Erica Sweeney, TIME, 25 Apr. 2024 Particularly severe acne can also pump out pimples with multiple heads, or zits that burst, leading to natural crusting or open lesions—and these mega-zits can look a whole lot like a herpes outbreak. Mark Hay, SELF, 26 Jan. 2024 This acne solution is ideal for rapidly reducing the appearance of pimples and is super effective for surface-level zits. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Growing up as a teen in the ’90s, my routine consisted of stripping cleansers, tea tree oil moisturizers, toners that burned, and zit treatments of toothpaste. Jessica Diner, Vogue, 12 Feb. 2024 Bright red zits between my eyebrows have immediately thrown me into a downward spiral of hopelessness and panic. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 23 Jan. 2024 This specific patch is designed to target your post-breakout skin damage, blurring the appearance of dark spots after your zit has run its course. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zit was in 1965

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“Zit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: pimple

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Medical Definition



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