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noun Slang.
a pimple; skin blemish.


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Origin of zit

First recorded in 1960–65; origin uncertain
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What does zit mean?

Zit is a slang term for a pimple—a small inflammation or swelling of the skin that may or may not be filled with pus.

Zits are caused by acne, a skin condition in which the skin’s sebaceous glands become clogged and inflamed.

They’re most commonly found on the face, but they can appear on other areas of the skin, such as the neck and back. They are most common among teens and preteens due to changes in body chemistry during the period of development known as puberty, but adults can also get zits.

The informal terms whitehead and blackhead are used to refer to specific kinds of zits. Technical terms for types of zits include pustule and papule.

Example: My skin is naturally oily, so I have to buy a specific face wash to prevent zits.

Where does zit come from?

The first records of the word zit come from the 1960s. Its origin is unknown—the word seems to have just popped up like a zit.

Everyone gets zits at some point, but some people get them more than others. Acne, which causes zits, sometimes goes away on its own, but sometimes it calls for additional treatment by a dermatologist—a doctor who specializes in skin conditions.

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How is zit used in real life?

Most people treat zits as an annoyance, and the word zit is typically used in a negative way.



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Is zit used correctly in the following sentence?

I can’t believe I got a zit on my nose right before the dance!

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British Dictionary definitions for zit

/ (zɪt) /

slang a pimple

Word Origin for zit

of unknown origin
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Medical definitions for zit

[ zĭt ]

A pimple.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.