Definition of zing in English:

zing

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Pronunciation: /zɪŋ
 
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informal

noun

[mass noun]
Energy, enthusiasm, or liveliness: he was expected to add some zing to the lacklustre team
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  • ‘Music is what we understand, music is what we care about and music is what adds zing to our life,’ the duo point out.
  • Plenty of other top coaches are ready and waiting to add some movie-star zing to your serve this winter, at resorts from the Algarve to Antigua.
  • Guthrie is convinced her marriage to Irion adds zing to their singing.
Synonyms

verb

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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.

Origin

early 20th century: imitative.

Derivatives

zingy

adjective (zingier, zingiest)
More example sentences
  • 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.

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