[ zest ]
/ zɛst /


verb (used with object)

to give zest, relish, or piquancy to.

Origin of zest

1665–75; < French zest (now zeste) orange or lemon peel used for flavoring < ?
Related formszest·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for zestless

  • Success in suppressing the precivilized qualities of the boy results in a "zestless automaton" that is something less than a man.

British Dictionary definitions for zestless


/ (zɛst) /


invigorating or keen excitement or enjoymenta zest for living
added interest, flavour, or charm; piquancyher presence gave zest to the occasion
something added to give flavour or relish
the peel or skin of an orange or lemon, used as flavouring in drinks, etc


(tr) to give flavour, interest, or piquancy to
Derived Forms

Word Origin for zest

C17: from French zeste peel of citrus fruits used as flavouring, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for zestless



1670s, from French zeste "piece of orange or lemon peel used as a flavoring," of unknown origin. Sense of "thing that adds flavor" is 1709; that of "keen enjoyment" first attested 1791.

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