[ zing ]
/ zɪŋ /
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
assail, contravene, tar, annoy, disturb, exasperate, aggrieve, horrify, sicken, shock, upset, irritate, hurt, outrage, rile, antagonize, sting, disgust, gall, anger
Origin of zing
First recorded in 1910–15; imitative
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/ (zɪŋ) /
a short high-pitched buzzing sound, as of a bullet or vibrating string
(intr) to make or move with or as if with a high-pitched buzzing sound
Word Origin for 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
1911, "high pitched sound," 1918, of echoic origin. Slang meaning "energy, zest" is attested from 1918.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper