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zest

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noun
  1. keen relish; hearty enjoyment; gusto.
  2. an agreeable or piquant flavor imparted to something.
  3. anything added to impart flavor, enhance one's appreciation, etc.
  4. piquancy; interest; charm.
  5. liveliness or energy; animating spirit.
  6. the peel, especially the thin outer peel, of a citrus fruit used for flavoring: lemon zest.
verb (used with object)
  1. to give zest, relish, or piquancy to.

Origin of zest

1665–75; < French zest (now zeste) orange or lemon peel used for flavoring < ?
Related formszest·less, adjective

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4. spice, tang.
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Examples from the Web for zestless

Historical Examples

  • Success in suppressing the precivilized qualities of the boy results in a "zestless automaton" that is something less than a man.

    The Minister and the Boy

    Allan Hoben


British Dictionary definitions for zestless

zest

noun
  1. invigorating or keen excitement or enjoymenta zest for living
  2. added interest, flavour, or charm; piquancyher presence gave zest to the occasion
  3. something added to give flavour or relish
  4. the peel or skin of an orange or lemon, used as flavouring in drinks, etc
verb
  1. (tr) to give flavour, interest, or piquancy to
Derived Formszestful, adjectivezestfully, adverbzestfulness, nounzestless, adjectivezesty, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from French zeste peel of citrus fruits used as flavouring, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for zestless

zest

n.

1670s, from French zeste "piece of orange or lemon peel used as a flavoring," of unknown origin. Sense of "thing that adds flavor" is 1709; that of "keen enjoyment" first attested 1791.

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