Definition of zing in English:


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Pronunciation: /zɪŋ


[mass noun]


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  • 1 [no object] Move or vibrate swiftly or with a high-pitched buzzing noise: another bullet zinged past him
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    • A bullet zinged past my leg through the water, followed by another.
    • The air was zinging with the electrical charge, and it actually smelled scorched.
    • There must be bad karma zinging around the world like a pinball hitting bumpers.
  • 2 [with object] North American Attack or criticize sharply: he zinged the budget deal in interviews with journalists
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    • Bozell zings him for ignoring the content-analysis work he and other conservatives have done.
    • Some of this will involve zinging the president for misstatements he made or knocking him for other similar missteps.
    • I wouldn't be picking on the French if they didn't take such delight in zinging the United States.



adjective (zingier, zingiest)
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  • Try to avoid putting flame bright colours next to wishy-washy pink, or vice versa, but don't be afraid to mix bright colours in zingy combinations.
  • The chef's salad was mostly iceberg lettuce - depressing in the winter, but a cooling crunch in the summer - with a zingy vinaigrette.
  • We can't repackage politics in a zingy way to make it more interesting to young people if they're not interested.


early 20th century: imitative.

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