- 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
First recorded in 1910–15; imitative
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- 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
C20: of imitative origin
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1911, "high pitched sound," 1918, of echoic origin. Slang meaning "energy, zest" is attested from 1918.
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