zings

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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zings definition


  1. n.
    the delirium tremens. : The old guy was suffering from the zings.
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