[ zing ]
/ zɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. zindabad,
  2. zinder,
  3. zine,
  4. zineb,
  5. zinfandel,
  6. zingara,
  7. zingaro,
  8. zinger,
  9. zingiberaceous,
  10. zingy

Origin of zing

First recorded in 1910–15; imitative


or zing·ing

[ zing-ee ]
/ ˈzɪŋ i /

adjective, zing·i·er, zing·i·est.

full of zing; lively; zesty; exciting: a zingy new musical comedy.

Origin of zingy

First recorded in 1940–45; zing + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for zinging


/ (zɪŋ) /

noun informal

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


/ (ˈzɪŋɪ) /

adjective -gier or -giest

informal vibrant; energetic; lively
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Word Origin and History for zinging



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper