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[zing] /zɪŋ/
vitality, animation, or zest.
a quality or characteristic that excites the interest, enthusiasm, etc.:
a tourist town with lots of zing.
a sharp singing or whining noise, as of a bullet passing through the air.
verb (used without object)
to move or proceed with a sharp singing or whining noise:
The cars zinged down the highway.
to move or proceed with speed or vitality; zip.
verb (used with object)
to cause to move with or as with a sharp, singing or whining noise:
The pitcher zinged a slider right over the plate.
Slang. to blame or criticize severely:
City Hall always gets zinged when crime increases.
1910-15; imitative Unabridged
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  • The zing of fresh lemon enhances both the peas' sweetness and the natural flavor of the spinach.
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British Dictionary definitions for zing


noun (informal)
a short high-pitched buzzing sound, as of a bullet or vibrating string
vitality; zest
(intransitive) to make or move with or as if with a high-pitched buzzing sound
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for zing

1911, "high pitched sound," 1918, of echoic origin. Slang meaning "energy, zest" is attested from 1918.

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Slang definitions & phrases for zing



Energetic vitality; power; vigor; oomph, pep, pizzazz, zip: Rock adds zing/ with plenty of zing in both the V-8 engine and the powerful Six (1918+)

  1. (also zing along) To move rapidly and strongly; zip: The movie zings right along (1961+)
  2. To throw; inject, esp rapidly and strongly: like the Beatles every once in a while can zing it in there (1960s+)
  3. To insult; assault verbally, esp with bitter humor: King Caen, who zings everyone, gets a taste of his own medicine/ A woman on the editorial board merrily zinged the winking minister (1974+)

[probably echoic of the whishing sound of rapid movement, like zip and zoom]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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