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Definition of zag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one of the sharp turns, angles, or alterations in a zigzag course
b : one of the short straight lines or sections of a zigzag course at an angle to a zig


zagged; zagging

Definition of zag (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to execute a zag usually contrasted with zig

Synonyms & Antonyms for zag

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of zag in a Sentence

Verb the crowd roared as the clown on the bicycle zagged while the other clowns, in hot pursuit, zigged
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These zig-zag braids were a beautiful departure from Rihanna's typical curly or straight style. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2022 Often ignored in the pandemic’s up-and-down, zig-and-zag, here-and-gone restaurant policies is a higher mandate that applies to 4 million people nationwide. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 The North Anchorage district’s southern boundary cuts along Northern Lights Boulevard to the Seward Highway, then follows the zig-zag of Chester Creek eastward to Lake Otis Parkway. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2022 How to create a zig-zag hair part Using a paddle brush, detangle your hair before styling and applying products. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 11 Mar. 2022 Its symbol is two short parallel zig-zag lines, which can easily be incorporated into body art. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 2 Feb. 2022 The ring has a unique zig zag pattern on the shank. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The officer followed the car and noticed several traffic violations including failing to stay in one lane and driving in a zig-zag pattern, according to a police report. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021 Instead of one statement piece, the designer convinced them to go with six drop lights arranged in a zig-zag pattern, each thoughtfully designed to reflect different forms and hues threaded throughout the house. Kristin Tablang, House Beautiful, 24 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The race track consisted of zig-zag lines four to six nanometers wide on a gold surface. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 And as any successful entrepreneur knows, when everyone zigs, you zag. Nihar Chhaya, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Dubbed the Book Tote, the carryall handbag took practically no time at all to wind up on celebrities, influencers, and that set of individuals who zig-zag between Capri, Ibiza, and Saint Tropez in the summer months. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 The bold marble zig-zag flooring, black, white and grey with flashes of jade, is set against smart navy velvet seating, silk cushions and sleek surfaces, giving a gleaming appeal. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 But every time producers zigged, the pandemic would once again force them to zag. Dalton Ross,, 1 Sep. 2021 The conjecture is every bit as dizzying as the watch's zig-zag guilloché patterned dial. Stephen Watson, Town & Country, 22 June 2021 That drive to zig when others zag has not dimmed even after merging his company with Boston Beer SAM a few years ago. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 17 June 2021 But in 2021, Belichick zigged when everyone expected him to zag., 30 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of zag


1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1900, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2022

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“Zag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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