zing

[zing]
noun
1.
vitality, animation, or zest.
2.
a quality or characteristic that excites the interest, enthusiasm, etc.: a tourist town with lots of zing.
3.
a sharp singing or whining noise, as of a bullet passing through the air.
verb (used without object)
4.
to move or proceed with a sharp singing or whining noise: The cars zinged down the highway.
5.
to move or proceed with speed or vitality; zip.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cause to move with or as with a sharp, singing or whining noise: The pitcher zinged a slider right over the plate.
7.
Slang. to blame or criticize severely: City Hall always gets zinged when crime increases.

Origin:
1910–15; imitative

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zing (zɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a short high-pitched buzzing sound, as of a bullet or vibrating string
2.  vitality; zest
 
vb
3.  (intr) to make or move with or as if with a high-pitched buzzing sound
 
[C20: of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

zing
1911, "high pitched sound," 1918, of echoic origin. Slang meaning "energy, zest" is attested from 1918. Zinger "cruel quip" first attested 1970.
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Slang Dictionary

zing definition


  1. n.
    energy; dynamism. : Put some zing into this dance number. You wanna put the audience to sleep?
  2. tv.
    to make something penetrate; to shoot or fire something. : The kid zinged a paper clip into the wall.
  3. tv.
    to assault someone verbally. : She zinged him with another clever remark.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
To give the contests extra zing, the winners will take the lot.
The zing of fresh lemon enhances both the peas' sweetness and the natural flavor of the spinach.
While the tokens lack the zing of actual figures, they provide a critical resource for gamers who might not have a lot of figures.
The things that give it zing may also ward off disease.
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