Origin of zip

1935–40, Americanism; back formation from zipper
Related formszip·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zipless



trademark NZ an electric water heater



  1. Also called: zip fastenera fastening device operating by means of two parallel rows of metal or plastic teeth on either side of a closure that are interlocked by a sliding tabUS and Canadian term: zipper
  2. (modifier)having or equipped with such a devicea zip bag
a short sharp whizzing sound, as of a passing bullet
informal energy; vigour; vitality
US slang nothing
sport, US and Canadian slang nil

verb zips, zipping or zipped

(tr often foll by up) to fasten (clothing, a bag, etc) with a zip
(intr) to move with a zipthe bullet zipped past
(intr; often foll by along, through, etc) to hurry; rushthey zipped through town
(tr) computing to compress (a file) in order to reduce the amount of memory required to store it or to make sending it electronically quicker

Word Origin for zip

C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for zipless



1963, in U.S. postal ZIP code, an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, no doubt chosen with conscious echo of zip (v.1).



"move rapidly," 1852, of echoic origin. Related: Zipped; zipping. Zip gun "homemade pistol" first recorded 1950.



"zero," 1900, student slang for a grade of zero on a test, etc.; of unknown origin; cf. zilch.



"to close or fasten by means of a zipper," 1932, back-formation from zipper. Related: Zipped; zipping.

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