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  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


or zing·ing

adjective, zing·i·er, zing·i·est.
  1. 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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Historical Examples of zinging

  • A dozen times he sensed the zinging wrath of storms of bullets, a dozen times he escaped death by the breadth of a hair.

  • They was enough of them zinging around over the ring to make it look like it was floodlighted.

  • I have slept in the sand by the blue Mediterranean Sea, with the crickets and grasshoppers "zipping" and "zinging" all night long.

    At Suvla Bay

    John Hargrave

British Dictionary definitions for zinging


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

Word Origin for zing

C20: of imitative origin


adjective -gier or -giest
  1. 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.

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