• informal , chiefly British
- 1A whizzing or buzzing sound: the metallic zizz of the starter motorMore example sentences
- From the metallic zizz of the starter motor and the first flurry of revs to the final frantic thrashings of the crankshaft, this is swansong motoring.
- 2A short sleep: Angus was in his basket having a zizzMore example sentences
- A ham sandwich and a cup of revitalising tea were sufficient to send me instantly into an afternoon zizz.
- But sometimes a quick zizz for 15 or 20 minutes is wonderfully reviving.
- Actually, I'd been woken from my second sleep, having got up before light to do a bit of writing, come over all tired and weary, and slipped back for a bit of a zizz.
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- 1Make a whizzing or buzzing sound: the banger started zizzing furiouslyMore example sentences
- When you've spent two weeks zizzing around on the hyper-fast, hyper-efficient French trains, the UK railways just don't compare.
- But there's such a thing as having everything too well sorted out by half, a fly caught in amber when it should still be zizzing busily around.
- We dawdled in the general direction of the city and then sat around in Bow looking down at the cars zizzing past at high speed.
early 19th century: imitative.
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