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zip

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[ zip ]
/ zɪp /
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noun
a sudden, brief hissing sound, as of a bullet.
Informal. energy; vim; vigor: Wow, you've got zip today—too much coffee this morning?
verb (used without object), zipped, zip·ping.
to move with a zipping sound.
Informal. to act or move with speed or energy: I'll just zip upstairs.
verb (used with object), zipped, zip·ping.Informal.
to convey with speed and energy: I'll zip you downtown on my motorcycle.
to add vitality or zest to (usually followed by up): A little garlic zips up a salad.
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Origin of zip

1
First recorded in 1850–55; imitative of the sound

Other definitions for zip (2 of 5)

Origin of zip

2
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; back formation from zipper

OTHER WORDS FROM zip

zipless, adjective

Other definitions for zip (3 of 5)

zip3
[ zip ]
/ zɪp /
Slang.

noun
zero or nothing: The score of last night's hockey game was 4–zip.
verb (used with object), zipped, zip·ping.
(in sports) to defeat by keeping an opponent from scoring: The home team was zipped again yesterday.

Origin of zip

3
First recorded in 1895–1900; Americanism; apparently an expressive word, with z- of zero; cf. zilch

Other definitions for zip (4 of 5)

zip4
[ zip ]
/ zɪp /
Informal.

noun

Origin of zip

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By ellipsis

Other definitions for zip (5 of 5)

Zip
[ zip ]
/ zɪp /

Trademark.
a floppy disk form of storage for computer data with a capacity of 100–750 MB, used primarily in the 1990s: a Zip drive;a Zip disk.
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British Dictionary definitions for zip (1 of 2)

zip
/ (zɪp) /

noun
verb zips, zipping or zipped

Word Origin for zip

C19: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for zip (2 of 2)

Zip
/ (zɪp) /

noun
trademark NZ an electric water heater
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