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

Historical Examples of zippo

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

  • Rubini and Zippo are both certain that this woman is acting in perfect good faith.

  • Zippo had rallied the men, who, gathering together, endeavoured to fight their way through their assailants.

  • 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