\ 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.

Examples of zit in a Sentence

“Look at all these zits—I'm hideous!” wailed the high schooler
Recent Examples on the Web And then finally at least in one place on the map, there will be what can only be described as a giant zit. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The obligation to play with one’s child—the biggest zit on the nose of parenthood—goes from begrudging and exhausting to romping and roaring. Hillary Kelly, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 Though some pimple patches have added pimple-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid, many of the most popular brands are just plain hydrocolloids, cut into a zit-friendly shape. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 23 Feb. 2021 These breakouts are unlike a stray stress zit or clogged pores from a product that didn't agree with me. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 24 Nov. 2020 There are few things that ruin your morning quite like waking up with a massive zit on your forehead. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2020 Plus, having a zit-free forehead helps too, because the hair draws attention to it. Donna Freydkin, Allure, 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, 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, 4 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'zit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of zit

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zit

origin unknown

Learn More About zit

Dictionary Entries Near zit




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for zit

Cite this Entry

“Zit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zit. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for zit



English Language Learners Definition of zit

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


\ ˈzit How to pronounce zit (audio) \

Medical Definition of zit


More from Merriam-Webster on zit

Nglish: Translation of zit for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!