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.

Example Sentences

“Look at all these zits—I'm hideous!” wailed the high schooler
Recent Examples on the Web 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, 15 Feb. 2023 The bundle includes four Killa Spot Clarifying Microdart Patches which have niacinamide to fade darkness and salicylic acid that works to diminish the zit, and four Cleana Cleansing Swabs that are soaked salicylic acid that can be dabbed on a pimple to help shrink it. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 5 Jan. 2021 Best Acne Product Cetaphil Gentle Clear Triple-Action Acne Serum $19 at CVS This soothing, milky serum contains salicylic acid to help fight zits, blackheads, and blemishes without leaving your skin angry. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 21 Mar. 2023 No matter if a zit pops up right before prom or if your chin fully breaks out, signaling that your period is otw, look to face masks as a quick treatment for acne-prone skin. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 9 Mar. 2023 Gels that contain clindamycin—an antibiotic—or topical minocycline can quickly reduce the appearance of an angry zit. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 30 Jan. 2023 Applying an acne spot treatment to every zit on you back would require the kind of dexterity that only contortionists are capable of. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 27 Jan. 2023 Help your teen feel a little less self-conscious about pimples with a cute star patch that will reduce the zit overnight. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 6 Jan. 2023 Here’s what actually happens in your skin to form a zit: A hair follicle becomes clogged with natural oil, known as sebum, along with dead skin cells and bacteria. Sophie Putka, Discover Magazine, 14 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zit was in 1965

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“Zit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: pimple

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Medical Definition



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