- a sudden, brief hissing sound, as of a bullet.
- Informal. energy; vim; vigor.
- to move with a zipping sound.
- Informal. to act or move with speed or energy: I'll just zip upstairs.
- to convey with speed and energy: I'll zip you downtown on my motorcycle.
- to add vitality or zest to (usually followed by up): A little garlic zips up a salad.
Origin of zip1
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- to fasten or unfasten with a zipper: Zip your jacket. Zip open the traveling case.
- to enclose or free by doing up or undoing a zipper: Zip this money into your wallet. Zip me out of my dress.
- Computers. to compress (a file) in archive format, so it requires less memory to save and store it.
- to become fastened or unfastened by means of a zipper: a handy purse that zips shut.
- to do up or undo a zipper.
- a zipper.
- utilizing or having a zipper: a coat with a zip front.
- Computers. of or relating to a method of file compression: a zip file.
- (initial capital letter) Trademark. noting or relating to a floppy disk form of storage for computer data with a capacity of 100–750 MB, used primarily in the 1990s: a Zip drive; a Zip disk.
Origin of zip2
- zero or nothing: The score of last night's hockey game was 4–zip.
- (in sports) to defeat by keeping an opponent from scoring: The home team was zipped again yesterday.
Origin of zip3
Examples from the Web for zipped
If only Sulzberger had managed to keep a zipped upper lip while leaving the dirty work to anonymous underlings.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014
December 22, 2014
Shivering, we pulled our hats low our heads and zipped our jackets tight around our chests.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
Inside the plastic bag was a zipped cloth bag, and inside that, the remains of a baby.Utah’s Murderer Mom Is a Monster but She’s Not the First
April 16, 2014
I wanted to ask you about one piece in particular, the big polo neck that zipped up the back.5 Questions for Paul Smith
February 17, 2013
It zipped across in a few seconds, causing massive explosions that blew out thousands of windows and broke roofs and walls.Fire in the Sky! The Russian Meteor’s Aftermath
February 15, 2013
She zipped him into a venusuit and fitted a small helmet on his head.Wind
Charles Louis Fontenay
He zipped open the closure of his helmet and tilted the helmet back.The Worshippers
Damon Francis Knight
He eeled into the pressure suit and zipped it up to his neck.The Aliens
Harmlessly a bullet or two zipped after him as he disappeared.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
As he zipped open the briefcase he surveyed his features in the mirror.Monkey On His Back
Charles V. De Vet
- trademark NZ an electric water heater
- Also called: zip fastenera fastening device operating by means of two parallel rows of metal or plastic teeth on either side of a closure that are interlocked by a sliding tabUS and Canadian term: zipper
- (modifier)having or equipped with such a devicea zip bag
- a short sharp whizzing sound, as of a passing bullet
- informal energy; vigour; vitality
- US slang nothing
- sport, US and Canadian slang nil
- (tr often foll by up) to fasten (clothing, a bag, etc) with a zip
- (intr) to move with a zipthe bullet zipped past
- (intr; often foll by along, through, etc) to hurry; rushthey zipped through town
- (tr) computing to compress (a file) in order to reduce the amount of memory required to store it or to make sending it electronically quicker
Word Origin and History for zipped
1963, in U.S. postal ZIP code, an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, no doubt chosen with conscious echo of zip (v.1).
"move rapidly," 1852, of echoic origin. Related: Zipped; zipping. Zip gun "homemade pistol" first recorded 1950.
"zero," 1900, student slang for a grade of zero on a test, etc.; of unknown origin; cf. zilch.
"to close or fasten by means of a zipper," 1932, back-formation from zipper. Related: Zipped; zipping.