noun Slang.

a pimple; skin blemish.

Origin of zit

First recorded in 1960–65; origin uncertain
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Contemporary Examples of zit

Historical Examples of zit

  • He passed my driver's license up to Zit, who pecked it slowly into his computer.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • "Terrorists aren't the only bad guys we catch this way," Zit said.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • He realized that he had a zit on the back of his neck that was rubbing against his collar.


    Cory Doctorow

  • If you'll walk into the castle, you may zit down, I dare zay.

    Speed the Plough

    Thomas Morton

  • Now zit quite, wull 'e Miss Luzzie, or a 'wunt goo on no vurder.

    Lorna Doone

    R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for zit



slang a pimple

Word Origin for zit

of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for zit

"acne pimple," 1966, originally U.S. teenager slang, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

zit in Medicine




A pimple.
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