- a line, course, or progression characterized by sharp turns first to one side and then to the other.
- one of a series of such turns, as in a line or path.
- proceeding or formed in a zigzag: zigzag stitches.
- with frequent sharp turns from side to side; in a zigzag manner: The child ran zigzag along the beach.
- to make (something) zigzag, as in form or course; move or maneuver (something) in a zigzag direction: They zigzagged their course to confuse the enemy.
- to proceed in a zigzag line or course.
Origin of zigzag
1705–15; < French; replacing earlier ziczac < French < German zickzack, gradational compound based on Zacke tack1
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Examples from the Web for zigzagged
After high school she attended a cours prépératoire in Paris—“Marxist training,” she calls it—then zigzagged to Sarah Lawrence.Joan Juliet Buck: Budding Star
July 17, 2010
They zigzagged down until nearly to the edge of the steep drop.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The little path that zigzagged upward was not wide enough for two.The Long Roll
For a long time she zigzagged about, going by provoking fits and starts.Birds of the Rockies
Leander Sylvester Keyser
They zigzagged like a snake and again made geometrical figures.Our Part in the Great War
Then came a vivid flash of fire that zigzagged across the sky.Rilla of the Lighthouse
Grace May North
- a line or course characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
- one of the series of such turns
- something having the form of a zigzag
- (usually prenominal) formed in or proceeding in a zigzag
- (of sewing machine stitches) produced in a zigzag by a swing needle used for joining stretch fabrics, neatening raw edges, etc
- in a zigzag manner
- to proceed or cause to proceed in a zigzag
- (tr) to form into a zigzag
C18: from French, from German zickzack, from Zacke point, jagged projection; see tack 1
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