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[zing-ee] /ˈzɪŋ i/
adjective, zingier, zingiest.
full of zing; lively; zesty; exciting:
a zingy new musical comedy.
Also, zinging.
1940-45; zing + -y1 Unabridged
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  • Tabbouleh gets a zingy makeover, thanks to aromatic mint and salty, tangy preserved lemon.
  • The zingy lemon-pepper, which has a delightful kick.
  • Having a heart doesn't mean abandoning the catty humor and the zingy style, in my humble opinion.
British Dictionary definitions for zingy


adjective -gier, -giest
(informal) vibrant; energetic; lively
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Slang definitions & phrases for zingy



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.
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