zing

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noun
  1. vitality, animation, or zest.
  2. a quality or characteristic that excites the interest, enthusiasm, etc.: a tourist town with lots of zing.
  3. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for zing

zing

noun informal
  1. a short high-pitched buzzing sound, as of a bullet or vibrating string
  2. vitality; zest
verb
  1. (intr) to make or move with or as if with a high-pitched buzzing sound

Word Origin for zing

C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for zing
n.

1911, "high pitched sound," 1918, of echoic origin. Slang meaning "energy, zest" is attested from 1918.

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