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

Definition of zit

: 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 are few things that ruin your morning quite like waking up with a massive zit on your forehead. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "10 small businesses to shop now on Amazon for special Prime Day discounts," 29 Sep. 2020 Plus, having a zit-free forehead helps too, because the hair draws attention to it. Donna Freydkin, Allure, "Curtain Bangs Are Trending — Here's How to Wear Them," 18 Sep. 2020 At the very end of the carousel, Mills even showed off a faceful of zit stickers with absolutely zero shame. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Here’s Where You Can Buy Millie Bobby Brown’s Adorable Star Shaped Zit Stickers," 17 Aug. 2020 All Cleanser hasn’t left me with a zit yet, and doesn’t make my skin feel stripped or tight once it’s rinsed off, which are two of the most important aspects of a cleanser for me and my combination skin. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Road Test: I Tried Rihanna's New Skin-Care Line, Fenty Skin," 4 Aug. 2020 In some cases, skin-picking and zit-popping can cause marks that last for months—in others, the scarring can be permanent. Rebecca Dancer, Seventeen, "So, You Picked a Zit—Now What?," 8 July 2020 One drop of the wrong product on my skin can undo a long streak of a happy, zit-free complexion since my skin is so finicky. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Road Test: I Tried Rihanna's New Skin-Care Line, Fenty Skin," 4 Aug. 2020 As much as literally anyone who gets zits could benefit from having some Mighty Patches on hand, this particular freebie is specifically for students — a way to make going back to school a little less stressful. Marci Robin, Allure, "Hero Cosmetics Is Giving Away Free Acne Patches to Students — Here’s How to Get Yours," 20 Aug. 2019 My grandma used it for literally everything: mosquito bites, zits, bruises, scrapes, and cuts! Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Products Latinxs Swear by Thanks to Their Moms and Abuelas," 24 Sep. 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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6 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Zit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zit. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce zit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of zit

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


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