Origin of zippered

First recorded in 1940–45; zipper + -ed3


  1. Also called slide fastener. a device used for fastening clothing, valises, etc., consisting of two toothed tracks or spiral metal or plastic coils, each bordering one of two edges to be joined, and a piece that either interlocks or separates them when pulled.
  2. a person or thing that zips.
  3. a rubber and fabric boot or overshoe fastened up the leg by a zipper.
  4. a large illuminated display of news bulletins or advertisements that rapidly and continously flash by on an upper part of a building.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. zip2.

Origin of zipper

1920–25, Americanism; formerly a trademark; see zip1, -er1
Related formszip·per·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for zippered

Historical Examples of zippered

  • Duggan zippered shut his gray-checked jacket and left the booth.

    Second Sight

    Basil Eugene Wells

  • We put on zippered windbreaks and the 'copter soared noiselessly into the pale crimson sky.

    The Planet Savers

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for zippered


  1. provided or fastened with a zip


  1. US and Canadian a 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 tabAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): zip
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Word Origin and History for zippered



1925, probably an agent noun from zip (v.1). The trademark taken out on the name that year applied to a boot with zippers, not to the "lightning fastener" itself, which was at first called a zip.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper