proprietary name of a brand of cigarette lighter, patented 1934 by Zippo Manufacturing Co., Bradford, Pa.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for zippo

  • As Frank was strolling up the street he met the two friends, for Zippo was a cousin of the captain.

    Out with Garibaldi|G. A. Henty
  • Zippo had rallied the men, who, gathering together, endeavoured to fight their way through their assailants.

    Out with Garibaldi|G. A. Henty
  • Rubini and Zippo are both certain that this woman is acting in perfect good faith.

    Out with Garibaldi|G. A. Henty
  • The fellow must have seen some of us, because he was just starting to run when, zippo, that detective had him by the collar again.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels|Percy Keese Fitzhugh