Nearby words

  1. zoological,
  2. zoological garden,
  3. zoologically,
  4. zoologist,
  5. zoology,
  6. zoom in,
  7. zoom in on,
  8. zoom lens,
  9. zoom out,
  10. zoom shot

Origin of zoom

First recorded in 1885–90; imitative

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British Dictionary definitions for zoom

zoom

/ (zuːm) /

verb

noun

the sound or act of zooming

Word Origin for zoom

C20: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for zoom

zoom

1886, of echoic origin. Gained popularity c.1917 as aviators began to use it; zoom lens is 1936.

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