- 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
- full of zing; lively; zesty; exciting: a zingy new musical comedy.
Origin of zingy
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
C20: of imitative origin
- informal vibrant; energetic; lively
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