[ zap ]
/ zæp /

verb (used with object), zapped, zap·ping.

verb (used without object), zapped, zap·ping.

to move quickly, forcefully, or destructively: high-voltage currents zapping overhead.


Origin of zap

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; imitative

Related forms

zap·per, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for zap


/ (zæp) slang /

verb zaps, zapping or zapped

(tr) to attack, kill, or destroy, as with a sudden bombardment
(intr) to move quickly; rush
(tr) computing
  1. to clear from the screen
  2. to erase
(intr) television to change channels rapidly by remote control


energy, vigour, or pep


an exclamation used to express sudden or swift action

Word Origin for zap

C20: of imitative origin
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