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[zip-er] /ˈzɪp ər/
Also called slide fastener. a device used for fastening clothing, valises, etc., consisting of two toothed tracks or spiral metal or plastic coils, each bordering one of two edges to be joined, and a piece that either interlocks or separates them when pulled.
a person or thing that zips.
a rubber and fabric boot or overshoe fastened up the leg by a zipper.
a large illuminated display of news bulletins or advertisements that rapidly and continously flash by on an upper part of a building.
verb (used with or without object)
zip2 .
Origin of zipper
1920-25, Americanism; formerly a trademark; see zip1, -er1
Related forms
zipperless, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And Mrs. Paine, you do recall that zipper bag on this occasion?

    Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Attach tassels on zipper ends, made with a few strands of yarn.

  • He pulled up the zipper on his loose blue uniform coveralls and paused to gauge the storm clouds building up to the west.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
  • He drew a zipper open in his fancy blouse, dragged out the Bull Durham and started to roll his own.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Phil Conover pulled the zipper of his flight suit up the front of his long, thin body and came into the living room.

    Breakaway Stanley Gimble
British Dictionary definitions for zipper


(US & Canadian) a 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 tab Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) zip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for zipper

1925, probably an agent noun from zip (v.1). The trademark taken out on the name that year applied to a boot with zippers, not to the "lightning fastener" itself, which was at first called a zip.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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