Definition of zip in English:


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Pronunciation: /zɪp


  • 1 (also zip fastener) chiefly British A device consisting of two flexible strips of metal or plastic with interlocking projections closed or opened by pulling a slide along them, used to fasten garments, bags, and other items.
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    • Miss Stephenson was wearing black baggy knee-length combat trousers covered in zips and chains, and knee-length stripy socks with white Adidas trainers.
    • Today, however, I set out for the walk and the zip stayed open as I pulled it up.
    • Yes, belts, buckles and zips are high fashion for us men this winter.
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting something fastened by a zip: a zip pocket
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    • She was wearing blue jeans and a black zip top with ‘Sherbourne’ written on the front in white lettering.
    • It's light and has plenty of space, as well as a zip pocket.
    • The pants have an elastic drawcord waist, articulated knees, stretch panels on the waist, and a back zip pocket.
  • 2 [mass noun] informal Energy; vigour: he’s full of zip
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    • Even in the scrappy draw with Everton last Monday, there were signs that it has given them a bit of their old zip, and they will approach this afternoon in good spirits.
    • Want to add some crunch to your salad, some zing to your pasta, some zip to your dip?
    • The zip she detects in Tokyo is missing in London and/or Paris and/or New York, she is saying.


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  • (also zippo) North American informal Nothing at all: you got zip to do with me and my kind, buddy
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    • That will mean that anyone earning under $38,000 gets zero, zippo, and members of Parliament get at least $100 a week extra.
    • And you don't have to sacrifice zip for cleaner air.
    • I checked in on concerned daughter, again zippo.

verb (zips, zipping, zipped)

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  • 1 [with object] Fasten with a zip: he zipped up his waterproof
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    • Liz stood at the door in gray sweatpants and a black jacket that was zipped up.
    • However they imagined this end, I cannot help but seeing an image of a body bag being zipped up.
    • I pulled out three dollars and zipped my purse.
  • 1.1Fasten the zip of a garment that (someone) is wearing: he zipped himself up
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    • ‘Shut up and slip into the dress, so I can zip you up’ Kirk said coolly.
    • He was over in a flash, zipped her up, helped her on with her coat: a complete gentleman.
    • I zipped him up inside my comfy top thing so that his head was poking out from just under my chin, and I set about cooking dinner.
  • 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] informal Move at high speed: swallows zipped back and forth across the lake
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    • Brooks, a war correspondent, has obviously done her homework, and her first novel zips along entertainingly, filled with incident and detail.
    • The magnesium catches fire and zips around on the surface of the water.
    • I literally feel life zip by me while I stand rooted.
  • 2.1 [with object and adverbial] Cause to move or be delivered or dealt with rapidly: he zipped a pass out to his receiver
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    • First, Ginobili drove the lane and drew Duncan's defender, zipping a pass to Duncan all alone on the baseline for a 19-footer.
    • Carr zipped a perfect pass to a wide-open Johnson, who dropped the easy catch that would have given Houston another third down conversion.
    • Against the Kings, Yao zipped a no-look scoop pass across the court to PG Steve Francis.
  • 3 Computing Compress (a file) so that it takes less space in storage.
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    • The standard way around this is to zip the executable files before sending them.
    • The Trojan arrives in an e-mail with an attachment that is zipped and contains an executable.
    • Like the smaller test, we'll be zipping the images into one zip file, then testing again with all the files separate.


mid 19th century: imitative.

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