Definition of zigzag in English:


Syllabification: zig·zag
Pronunciation: /ˈzigˌzag


  • 1A line or course having abrupt alternate right and left turns: she traced a zigzag on the metal with her finger
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    • The police are having to take positive action in a bid to stop parents dropping off or picking up their children on the zigzag lines outside three more schools.
    • Rectangular cells, gently arching lines and compressed zigzags proliferate across the supports.
    • she shows weals on her thigh, thin green lines in a short zigzag.
  • 1.1A turn on a zigzag course: the road descends in a series of sharp zigzags


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  • Having the form of a zigzag; veering to right and left alternately: when chased by a predator, some animals take a zigzag course
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    • He initiated this possibility by manipulating versions of the liar's paradox with zigzag graphs of truth and falsehood states.
    • Gung-ho climbers can tackle the zigzag trail up the steep incline.
    • Have a look inside for the jazzy zigzag Norman chancel arch.


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  • So as to move right and left alternately: she drives zigzag across the city

verb (zigzags, zigzagging, zigzagged)

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  • Have or move along in a zigzag course: the path zigzagged between dry rises in the land
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    • I once rented a scooter and zigzagged along most of San Miguel's streets to see the neighborhoods.
    • For two weeks he sat on a bus that zigzagged along the eastern seaboard picking up other criminals who were being reassigned from one jail to another.
    • They zigzagged along until Estrella found herself in the familiar surroundings of the underground meeting hall.



Pronunciation: /-ˌzagədlē/
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  • It was like long snakes zigzaggedly going through a forest full of fireflies showing them direction.
  • His mother just did farm chores for her in-laws and babbled on zigzaggedly since his birth.
  • He comes quite near and I swim up towards him, but my buddy makes biting motions, so I back off and the leopard shark swims zigzaggedly on his way.


early 18th century: from French, from German Zickzack, symbolic of alternation of direction, first applied to fortifications.

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