- 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
- full of zing; lively; zesty; exciting: a zingy new musical comedy.
Origin of zingy
Related Words for zingingassail, contravene, tar, annoy, disturb, exasperate, aggrieve, horrify, sicken, shock, upset, irritate, hurt, outrage, rile, antagonize, sting, disgust, gall, anger
Examples from the Web for zinging
Contemporary Examples of zinging
Pop, pop, pop, Ali—then Cassius Clay—surrounded the lumbering Scandinavian with zinging leather.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Tracer bullets, each with a descending arc, were zinging all around as Rigg swung LCI(L)-88 to the right.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
This is beautiful expository writing, a combination of detailed, spellbinding narrative, and zinging judgment.Wes Clark on Washington
General Wesley K. Clark
October 14, 2010
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.Hoiman and the Solar Circuit
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
- 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
- informal vibrant; energetic; lively
1911, "high pitched sound," 1918, of echoic origin. Slang meaning "energy, zest" is attested from 1918.