Definition of zag in English:


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  • A sharp change of direction in a zigzag course: we traveled in a series of zigs and zags
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    • His career has been fraught with erratic zigs and zags.
    • The only thing that threatens the company, in fact, is a change in the game, an industry zig to the company's zag.

verb (zags, zagging, zagged)

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  • Make a sharp change of direction: a long path zigged and zagged through the woods
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    • I chuckled lightly as one of the lower balloons disengaged itself from the pole and lazily drifted upward, zigging and zagging on the warmish breeze.
    • I've been stuck on the scratch, zigging and zagging with great effort through the past 4 or 5 days.
    • He zigged and zagged and she went with him, arm clenched tightly to his.


late 18th century: shortening of zigzag.

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