Nearby words

  1. zig,
  2. zig-zag,
  3. ziggurat,
  4. zigong,
  5. ziguinchor,
  6. zigzag rule,
  7. zigzagger,
  8. zika,
  9. zika virus,
  10. zikr

Origin of zigzag

1705–15; < French; replacing earlier ziczac < French < German zickzack, gradational compound based on Zacke tack1

Related formszig·zag·ged·ness [zig-zag-id-nis] /ˈzɪgˌzæg ɪd nɪs/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for zigzag

British Dictionary definitions for zigzag



a line or course characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
one of the series of such turns
something having the form of a zigzag


(usually prenominal) formed in or proceeding in a zigzag
(of sewing machine stitches) produced in a zigzag by a swing needle used for joining stretch fabrics, neatening raw edges, etc


in a zigzag manner

verb -zags, -zagging or -zagged

to proceed or cause to proceed in a zigzag
(tr) to form into a zigzag
Derived Formszigzaggedness, nounzigzagger, noun

Word Origin for zigzag

C18: from French, from German zickzack, from Zacke point, jagged projection; see tack 1

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