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  1. a line, course, or progression characterized by sharp turns first to one side and then to the other.
  2. one of a series of such turns, as in a line or path.
  1. proceeding or formed in a zigzag: zigzag stitches.
  1. with frequent sharp turns from side to side; in a zigzag manner: The child ran zigzag along the beach.
verb (used with object), zig·zagged, zig·zag·ging.
  1. to make (something) zigzag, as in form or course; move or maneuver (something) in a zigzag direction: They zigzagged their course to confuse the enemy.
verb (used without object), zig·zagged, zig·zag·ging.
  1. to proceed in a zigzag line or course.

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
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Examples from the Web for zigzagged

Contemporary Examples of zigzagged

  • After high school she attended a cours prépératoire in Paris—“Marxist training,” she calls it—then zigzagged to Sarah Lawrence.

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Historical Examples of zigzagged

  • They zigzagged down until nearly to the edge of the steep drop.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The little path that zigzagged upward was not wide enough for two.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • For a long time she zigzagged about, going by provoking fits and starts.

    Birds of the Rockies

    Leander Sylvester Keyser

  • They zigzagged like a snake and again made geometrical figures.

  • Then came a vivid flash of fire that zigzagged across the sky.

British Dictionary definitions for zigzagged


  1. a line or course characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
  2. one of the series of such turns
  3. something having the form of a zigzag
  1. (usually prenominal) formed in or proceeding in a zigzag
  2. (of sewing machine stitches) produced in a zigzag by a swing needle used for joining stretch fabrics, neatening raw edges, etc
  1. in a zigzag manner
verb -zags, -zagging or -zagged
  1. to proceed or cause to proceed in a zigzag
  2. (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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