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verb (used without object), zigged, zig·ging.
  1. to move in one of the two directions followed in a zigzag course: He zigged when he should have zagged.
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Origin of zig

First recorded in 1785–95; extracted from zigzag
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Examples from the Web for zig

Historical Examples of zig

  • The road was much of a zig zag over the bluffs, but only about a mile before we descended to the bottom.

    William Clayton's Journal

    William Clayton

  • This stream is very crooked and seems to run from the bluffs to the river in a perfect serpentine or zig zag direction.

  • So he raised his net high, and zig–zagged recklessly round the trees, through the bushes, up the banks and down them.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3)

    Richard Doddridge Blackmore

  • Waarop zijnde gedelibereerd, hebben Ridders en Steden zig met het voorschr.

  • Waarmede de heere droste van Ysselmuijden zig heeft gevoegd.

Word Origin and History for zig


1969, from zigzag.

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