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[zit] /zɪt/
noun, Slang.
a pimple; skin blemish.
Origin of zit
First recorded in 1960-65; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • He passed my driver's license up to zit, who pecked it slowly into his computer.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • "Terrorists aren't the only bad guys we catch this way," zit said.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • He realized that he had a zit on the back of his neck that was rubbing against his collar.


    Cory Doctorow
  • If you'll walk into the castle, you may zit down, I dare zay.

    Speed the Plough Thomas Morton
  • Now zit quite, wull 'e Miss Luzzie, or a 'wunt goo on no vurder.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
  • They were both so close I could see the zit on the cheek of the one on the left, the little booger up the nose of the other.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • Booger flashed his badge at me too fast for me to get a good look at it, but zit in the front seat gave me a long look at his.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • It is ready to thame: and zit I feir that it will bring sum malheus, and may be sene gif ze chance to be hurt.

  • It is lait; I desyre never to ceis fra wryting unto zow; zit now, after the kissing of zour handis, I will end my letter.

British Dictionary definitions for zit


(slang) a pimple
Word Origin
of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for zit

"acne pimple," 1966, originally U.S. teenager slang, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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zit in Medicine

zit (zĭt)
A pimple.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for zit



  1. A minor skin lesion; a pimple; a blackhead: First Arnie's zits mysteriously clear up
  2. A mark left by a love-bite, a strong kiss, etc; hickey: She tried to conceal the big zit on her neck

[1966+ Teenagers; origin unknown; perhaps echoic of the squishy pop made when the pus is squeezed from a blackhead]

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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