[ zing ]
See synonyms for: zingzingedzinging on Thesaurus.com

  1. vitality, animation, or zest.

  2. a quality or characteristic that excites the interest, enthusiasm, etc.: a tourist town with lots of zing.

  1. a sharp singing or whining noise, as of a bullet passing through the air.

verb (used without object)
  1. to move or proceed with a sharp singing or whining noise: The cars zinged down the highway.

  2. to move or proceed with speed or vitality; zip.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to move with or as with a sharp, singing or whining noise: The pitcher zinged a slider right over the plate.

  2. Slang. to blame or criticize severely: City Hall always gets zinged when crime increases.

Origin of zing

First recorded in 1910–15; imitative

Words Nearby zing

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use zing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for zing


/ (zɪŋ) /

  1. a short high-pitched buzzing sound, as of a bullet or vibrating string

  2. vitality; zest

  1. (intr) to make or move with or as if with a high-pitched buzzing sound

Origin of zing

C20: of imitative origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012