- vitality, animation, or zest.
- a quality or characteristic that excites the interest, enthusiasm, etc.: a tourist town with lots of zing.
- a sharp singing or whining noise, as of a bullet passing through the air.
- to move or proceed with a sharp singing or whining noise: The cars zinged down the highway.
- to move or proceed with speed or vitality; zip.
- to cause to move with or as with a sharp, singing or whining noise: The pitcher zinged a slider right over the plate.
- Slang. to blame or criticize severely: City Hall always gets zinged when crime increases.
Origin of zing
Related Words for zingvigor, pizzazz, life, gusto, get-up-and-go, zest, zip, verve, energy, pep, drive, vitality, vim, dash, sparkle, punch, brio, go, enthusiasm, spirit
Examples from the Web for zing
Contemporary Examples of zing
So if you are tempted to see the Salinger documentary or read the Salinger book—if you feel that zing—by all means, go ahead.What We Really Know about J.D. Salinger
September 9, 2013
Coffee is a great pick-me-up on to put some zing in those long Monday mornings, can be served with or without milk and/or sugar.Pippa's SIMPLE Party Tips
November 6, 2012
Or maybe, just maybe, he will zing the president on a white-hot issue dominating every waking moment for, um, some voters.Mitt’s Bizarre Lyme Disease Offensive
October 2, 2012
The newly fired host took advantage of a Letterman appearance to zing Current TV while admitting he had used poor judgment.Keith Olbermann’s Late-Night Offensive in His War Against Current TV
April 4, 2012
And Julianna thanked Les Moonves for keeping dramas on at 10 o'clock, zing Jeff Zucker.Best of the Golden Globes
January 17, 2010
Historical Examples of zing
I saw the small stab of flame, heard the zing of the bullet.Beyond the Vanishing Point
Raymond King Cummings
"Zing, Jasper," cried Cap'n Jack, when one verse was completed.The Birthright
Any koot zinger can zing a peautiful zong and kif bleasure, I zubboce!Trilby
George Du Maurier
It looked as if we were going to win the game, and then zing!Pitching in a Pinch
Zing, zing, zing—I hate your old heat a-singin' in my ears all the gosh-blamed time!
- a short high-pitched buzzing sound, as of a bullet or vibrating string
- vitality; zest
- (intr) to make or move with or as if with a high-pitched buzzing sound
Word Origin for zing
1911, "high pitched sound," 1918, of echoic origin. Slang meaning "energy, zest" is attested from 1918.