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[zip-ee] /ˈzɪp i/
adjective, zippier, zippiest. Informal.
lively; peppy.
Origin of zippy
First recorded in 1915-20; zip1 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for zippy
Historical Examples
  • I was still chewin' over that zippy roast Aunty had handed me.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Course, it's me with my heels together doin' the zippy salute.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Nothing like a good serial to keep a fellow young and zippy.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • But do you think that the big man Harvey really is our zippy's father?

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • zippy was not always so wicked as this, even after he had to be chained up; but he was very mischievous.

  • She's gone the limit—khaki riding pants, leather leggins and a zippy cloth cap cut on the overseas pattern.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • The roof garden girl-show that we went to afterwards was a zippy performance, after it's kind.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Also when it comes to light and frivolous chat Mirabelle is right there with the zippy patter.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Wa'n't such a bad looker, you know, in her other rig; but in this zippy regalia—well, I got to admit that she's some ripe pippin.

British Dictionary definitions for zippy


adjective -pier, -piest
(informal) full of energy; lively
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Word Origin and History for zippy

1904, from zip + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for zippy



Energetic; peppy, zingy: the zippy pacing by Russell

[1904+; fr zip2]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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