- 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.
Origin of zipper
Examples from the Web for zipper
They have two front welt pockets, two back welt pockets, two hook closures at the waist, and a zipper fly.Idaho Woman Who Gave Birth on Highway: ‘I Had to Pull My Pants Down to Get the Baby Out’
July 10, 2014
When he went to prison, he had a couple of tattoos, he says—a star, a zipper around his wrist.Laws Gone Wild: As Teen Sweethearts Go to Prison for Sex, Mothers Rebel
January 25, 2012
Unfortunately, I was wearing one of their dresses today, but at the last minute the zipper broke!Backstage at Marchesa
Isabel Wilkinson, Kevin Tachman
September 14, 2011
Just as Strauss-Kahn critics joked that his zipper could be his undoing, Sarkozy cynics bet on a baby.The Strauss-Kahn Conspiracy Firestorm
May 19, 2011
Gru has a classic no-frills jacket with zipper, plus businesslike turtleneck, drainpipe trousers, and pointed Mod boots.Villains as Fashion Heroes
July 8, 2010
Attach tassels on zipper ends, made with a few strands of yarn.Juvenile Styles, Volume 4
I lowered her zipper, she did mine, and tugged my jeans off.Little Brother
I am showing you Commission Exhibit 162, which appears to be a jacket with a zipper.Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Phil Conover pulled the zipper of his flight suit up the front of his long, thin body and came into the living room.Breakaway
He drew a zipper open in his fancy blouse, dragged out the Bull Durham and started to roll his own.Vigorish
Gordon Randall Garrett
- US and 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 tabAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): zip
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.