- 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.More example sentences
- 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 pocketMore example sentences
- 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 zipMore example sentences
- 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, buddyMore example sentences
- 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)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Fasten with a zip: he zipped up his waterproofMore example sentences
- 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 upMore example sentences
- ‘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 lakeMore example sentences
- 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 receiverMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
More definitions of zipDefinition of zip in:
- The US English dictionary