adjective, zip·pi·er, zip·pi·est. Informal.

lively; peppy.

Origin of zippy

First recorded in 1915–20; zip1 + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for zippy

Historical Examples of zippy

  • I was still chewin' over that zippy roast Aunty had handed me.

  • Course, it's me with my heels together doin' the zippy salute.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • Nothing like a good serial to keep a fellow young and zippy.

    Quarter-Back Bates

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • But do you think that the big man Harvey really is our Zippy's father?


    R. D. Blackmore

  • Zippy was not always so wicked as this, even after he had to be chained up; but he was very mischievous.

British Dictionary definitions for zippy


adjective -pier or -piest

informal full of energy; lively
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Word Origin and History for zippy

1904, from zip + -y (2).

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