Definition of zip in English:



  • 1[with object] Fasten with a zipper.

    ‘I zipped up my sweater’
    • ‘Having grabbed all the books she needed for the weekend, Melanie shut her locker door, zipped up her backpack, and swung it over her shoulder.’
    • ‘I zipped up my purse and leaned against the wall.’
    • ‘He was wearing a waist-length light to mid-grey polyester jacket, zipped up at the front, and dark sandy-coloured corduroys.’
    • ‘The jacket was zipped up and the pants were ironed straight.’
    • ‘His black bomber jacket was zipped up to the neck and he also wore black jeans and black boots or shoes.’
    • ‘I quickly zipped up my jacket and walked away from Jason.’
    • ‘Sofia was wearing a brown leather jacket, which was already zipped up as much as possible.’
    • ‘I pulled out three dollars and zipped my purse.’
    • ‘I inhaled the smell of old perfume and talcum powder every time I helped zip her dress.’
    • ‘She smiles and zips up her jacket. ‘Which is just how it should be.’’
    • ‘His black jacket was zipped up despite the heat of the night and his hands were in his pockets.’
    • ‘Liz stood at the door in gray sweatpants and a black jacket that was zipped up.’
    • ‘He was wearing dark blue jeans, Timberland black boots and a white long-sleeved top that was zipped up.’
    • ‘Keep your bag zipped up and make sure your wallet or purse can't be seen.’
    • ‘However they imagined this end, I cannot help but seeing an image of a body bag being zipped up.’
    • ‘She shivered and zipped up her hooded sweatshirt.’
    • ‘Todd was behind us, zipping his pants and calling out Brooklyn's name.’
    • ‘Jennifer zipped up the sides of her boots, and clipped her belt together.’
    • ‘He was wearing a black ski-type waterproof jacket which was bulky and was zipped up to the neck and possibly had a hood.’
    • ‘She finished her hasty packing and zipped up the bag.’
    1. 1.1Fasten the zipper of a garment that someone is wearing.
      ‘he zipped himself up’
      • ‘He was over in a flash, zipped her up, helped her on with her coat: a complete gentleman.’
      • ‘The second Phil zipped me in, I could feel this very uncomfortable pressure in my inner right elbow every time I bent the arm.’
      • ‘I felt his fingertips brush my skin lightly as he zipped me carefully up.’
      • ‘I needed two aunts to zip me into my senior prom dress.’
      • ‘We consciously closed the door, I got into the suitcase, and she zipped me up.’
      • ‘Four people eventually managed to zip him into it and he emerged belatedly into the limelight still rippling from his previous endeavour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Shut up and slip into the dress, so I can zip you up’ Kirk said coolly.’
      • ‘We zipped Jack into his drysuit, found his weightbelt, helped him into his borrowed BC and watched him do his buddy-check.’
      • ‘She grabbed the zipper and quickly zipped me up.’
      • ‘She sighs and zips me into my costume with a quick tug.’
      • ‘I tried not to sound insecure as she zipped me up.’
      • ‘He turns without thinking to the one following him to ask him to zip him back up in again, realizing with horror after a moment exactly what this must forebode.’
    2. 1.2Computing Compress (a file) so that it takes less space in storage.
      • ‘The Trojan arrives in an e-mail with an attachment that is zipped and contains an executable.’
      • ‘The standard way around this is to zip the executable files before sending them.’
      • ‘Like the smaller test, we'll be zipping the images into one zip file, then testing again with all the files separate.’
      • ‘We zipped it up to compress it so that your virus protection software would allow you to receive it’
      • ‘We also zipped the folder, reducing it to about 640MB for our large file tests.’
  • 2informal [no object] Move at high speed.

    ‘swallows zipped back and forth across the lake’
    • ‘April opened up her locker to stuff her book bag and zip home on her roller blades.’
    • ‘The evening consists of four creative and varied works that made the time zip by.’
    • ‘Day over, then I could just zip home and zip straight onto the computer where I could just lock myself away from the outside world.’
    • ‘The magnesium catches fire and zips around on the surface of the water.’
    • ‘It made 11 hours in economy class on the London to Bangkok flight zip by in a dreamy fug.’
    • ‘Instead of high drama in slow motion, this is low drama and high speed as the cars zip by.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, as with any circuit, you'll zip from one move to the next without resting, keeping your heart rate - and calorie burn - high.’
    • ‘It's a public holiday today, so we zipped up the M4 in record time, I parked near Stamford Bridge, and we walked round to Earls Court from there.’
    • ‘The musical numbers are by far the most frenetic, with animated imagery zipping around at the speed of hyperspace.’
    • ‘Robben, again from the right, zips inside and coaxes a curler about four yards of the far post.’
    • ‘Under the assured direction of veteran Leo McCarey, the film just zips along and is all over far too soon.’
    • ‘Drifts of sea pinks coloured the soft grass of the cliff tops and house martins zipped by flashing their pure white rumps.’
    • ‘I literally feel life zip by me while I stand rooted.’
    • ‘Brooks, a war correspondent, has obviously done her homework, and her first novel zips along entertainingly, filled with incident and detail.’
    • ‘Normally I push the speed limit, and the countryside zips by.’
    • ‘It was Smith again who pressurised Dunfermline, this time turning inside from he left and keeping his shot low but it zipped just past the post.’
    • ‘James is a tireless runner who can punish a defense with his strength or zip through it with his speed.’
    • ‘Where are the predictions of the near future in which we all zip about above the rooftops in our own little aircars?’
    • ‘Everybody zips along at the same frantic speed, the assumption being that you know where you're going.’
    • ‘Khair moves with effortless ease into his story-telling: we are quickly introduced to the characters as the novel zips along.’
    1. 2.1[with object]Cause to move or be delivered or dealt with rapidly.
      ‘he zipped a pass out to his receiver’
      • ‘Stealing in on the blindside of the lax Killie defence to gather a cross-field delivery, he zipped an unstoppable shot into the far corner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Flushed from the pocket by Tigers pressure, Hagans roamed the field for nearly 5 seconds before zipping a 25-yard pass to wideout Deyon Williams.’
      • ‘Crouch zipped a pass to Wistrom, who caught it, turned upfield and was tackled at the 15.’
      • ‘You slide the envelope through the slot, and a little motor kicks in, grabbing the envelope and zipping it through, while popping out a spinning blade to slice off just the tiniest bit of the top of the envelope.’
      • ‘Finally, he zips a pass to me, a pass that would have been perfect if 1 were 6-6 but instead goes sailing just over my fingertips and out of bounds.’


  • 1British A zipper.

    • ‘Miss Stephenson was wearing black baggy knee-length combat trousers covered in zips and chains, and knee-length stripy socks with white Adidas trainers.’
    • ‘He wore dark brown baggy trousers covered with zips.’
    • ‘Some of the cleverer manufacturers are now putting separate compartments on the inside so that there is only one outer zip to lock.’
    • ‘Today, however, I set out for the walk and the zip stayed open as I pulled it up.’
    • ‘I can't manage things like zips, so they took the zips out and put Velcro in instead.’
    • ‘I need, not just want, some new boots with tougher zips and buckles than the last pair, which will last through the coming year and the afore-mentioned snow.’
    • ‘I reciprocated and started undoing various buttons, zips and straps.’
    • ‘Some of the most original pieces are by Danny Greig, 18, who has produced skirts and bodices made almost entirely from zips.’
    • ‘Simple in design, this is a great little deep neck top with a half length zip and zipped pocket at the chest for storing bus passes.’
    • ‘He held up a pair of black baggy jeans with bright pink zips on them.’
    • ‘Yes, belts, buckles and zips are high fashion for us men this winter.’
    • ‘There were a couple of howlers, including a reference to the zip fastener long before its invention.’
    • ‘He hauled his jacket on, his shaking fingers fumbling to fasten the zip.’
    • ‘The garment is manufactured using a hardwearing, fire resistant fabric that incorporates a two way zip on the front.’
    • ‘It's a urethane-laminated pack with welded waterproof seam construction with a truly water tight zip.’
    • ‘Simple daily routines, such as peeling potatoes or fastening zips and buttons, become near impossible.’
    • ‘It took me about 2 minutes before I'd quietly undone the two zips on the tent door and silently projected myself head first out of it.’
    • ‘More pockets can mean more zips and more zips can mean more locks, which in turn means more sweaty moments at airport security-checks.’
    • ‘Many women had to use elastic and zips to adjust their own uniforms or borrow bigger uniforms from colleagues.’
    • ‘Since then, the cotton tops have been shrunk, tie-dyed, torn, cropped, coloured, encrusted with jewels and covered in zips.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier]Denoting something fastened by a zipper.
      ‘a zip pocket’
      • ‘I briefly took in what he was wearing - faded jeans, a green t-shirt, and a black zip hoodie.’
      • ‘He had dropped off a pair of sweats and a zip front sweatshirt for Blair to come home in.’
      • ‘Key items are loose cotton zip cardigans or hoodies, loose-fitting jersey knit pants, double-faced lycra tank tops and T-shirts.’
      • ‘Zip pants, wide leg drawstrings, and comfy fleece trousers with matching zip jackets are staple items.’
      • ‘It's light and has plenty of space, as well as a zip pocket.’
      • ‘It has a front zipper closure with inside storm flap, diagonal front zip pockets, two inside pockets and locker loop, plus a left chest embroidery access pocket.’
      • ‘Her white zip jumper hung loosely round her hips and her brown hair was up in a ponytail.’
      • ‘Both men ran off down Lomeshaye Road with the bag, which contained £125 cash in a black, zip purse, and some cosmetics.’
      • ‘The addition of a track jacket or button-down or zip cardigan updates the look and adds warmth.’
      • ‘She was wearing blue jeans and a black zip top with ‘Sherbourne’ written on the front in white lettering.’
      • ‘In a tan velour hooded zip sweatshirt, blue cords and a plaid rust, blue and cream button down, Rob tells me that I look too pale in browns.’
      • ‘If you are looking for something slightly dressier, try this putty colored zip front jacket by Calvin Klein.’
      • ‘His clothing included blue tracksuit bottoms, a red zip top and a dark t-shirt.’
      • ‘Another tip with regards to this documentation is to pack it somewhere where you can access it easily, but which is secure, say in an inside zip pocket of your rucksack.’
      • ‘These Banana Republic classic five-pocket cargos with zip fly are available in oregano or khaki.’
      • ‘He was wearing black tracksuit bottoms and a blue Adidas zip top.’
      • ‘He had dark eyes and was wearing a grey hooded zip top and light blue jeans.’
      • ‘The pants have an elastic drawcord waist, articulated knees, stretch panels on the waist, and a back zip pocket.’
      • ‘On reflection now, though Mary-Kate or Ashley look pretty good in black leather skirt and matching zip mini-top, fishnets and boots.’
      • ‘Her red silk duchesse satin zip front jacket has the potential to be one of the hits of the collection.’
  • 2informal Energy; vigor.

    ‘he's full of zip’
    • ‘From the other side, he doesn't have sparkling offensive statistics and his throws don't have great zip.’
    • ‘Softer than Sapphire with less aromatic zip, Van Gogh has elegant texture and fresh flavors, as well as less bitter bite than most other gins.’
    • ‘It had a bit of zip, and it was a nice diversion from the usual power ballads.’
    • ‘A different Bees side emerged for the second half, and a more familiar zip characterised all they tried to do.’
    • ‘To be fair, you have about 4000% more energy and zip as a speaker than anyone there today.’
    • ‘RHP Pat Hentgen has lost some zip off his fastball since suffering shoulder tendinitis in '98, but he tries to compensate with location.’
    • ‘He didn't appear to have much zip or intensity and dropped some catchable balls.’
    • ‘The zip she detects in Tokyo is missing in London and/or Paris and/or New York, she is saying.’
    • ‘As he fell from favor, his comedies lost their zip, and finally, after fighting tuberculosis for many years, he died at the age of fifty-one.’
    • ‘In midfield, Steve Schumacher's welcome return added zip and zest and brought legs to the piston-like work-rate of Lee Crooks.’
    • ‘Want to add some crunch to your salad, some zing to your pasta, some zip to your dip?’
    • ‘The former national player has added that much-need zip to the attack, bowling long spells and dominating the batsmen.’
    • ‘He demonstrated zip to throw over the middle and made a great throw to his right, hitting WR Muhsin Muhammad on a play-action pass to set up the Jones TD.’
    • ‘The zip and energy shown by Wales in attack was one of the major plus points for Hearts.’
    • ‘Each mouthful is a bit different, and you can add zip from the dip of accompanying hot sauce.’
    • ‘The sliced papaya was refreshing and the ceviche was tasty even without much citrus zip.’
    • ‘Did his punches have the same zip from the second round on?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, this experiment with more realism injected into the series lacks a certain amount of zip that diehard fans have come to know and love.’
    • ‘This is not a personality-driven, motivational DVD with a driving pop music score for added zip.’
    enthusiasm, zest, zestfulness, appetite, relish, gusto, eagerness, keenness, avidity, zeal, fervour, ardour, passion, love, enjoyment, joy, delight, pleasure, excitement
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  • 3

    short for zip code


North American
  • Nothing at all.

    ‘you got zip to do with me and my kind, buddy’
    • ‘I checked in on concerned daughter, again zippo.’
    • ‘‘My social life is pretty much zippo,’ Maxhimer said.’
    • ‘Sure, he launched some missiles back in '91, accomplishing zip.’
    • ‘That will mean that anyone earning under $38,000 gets zero, zippo, and members of Parliament get at least $100 a week extra.’
    • ‘Last year had the decent ‘Legally Blonde,’ but this year - zippo.’
    • ‘A quarter of the songs played on Miami's Power 96 are dance hall, compared with zip two years ago.’
    • ‘And you don't have to sacrifice zip for cleaner air.’
    • ‘School's nearly back in session, and we feel your panic as your fun-filled summer days wind down to zippo.’
    • ‘That had zip to do with the election result because in the end people will vote on issues.’
    • ‘But the important point about this matter is that under this Government there are jobs there; under that member's Government there were none - not one, zippo.’
    • ‘Anybody who needs to correct someone about beauty college not being a real college has a navy bean for a heart and a kindness quotient of zip.’
    • ‘After 30 minutes, I have learned nothing, nada, zippo.’
    • ‘Roberts also has absolutely no experience - zippo - in the criminal justice system.’
    • ‘Players and nonplayers alike get aced out of cherished, indispensable things all the time and get zip in return, so it seems only reasonable to want to balance the equation a little.’
    • ‘So if people over 65 vote Labour or National in this election, they will get zip.’
    • ‘Meanwhile our heating bill went up almost $150 and we get zip because, apparently, we make way too much money (note the sarcasm).’
    • ‘Right now, the score: They're down zip to two to Paraguay.’
    • ‘I typed in the name Patrick Goldstein and again, zippo - nada.’
    • ‘They sat around for a good while scratching their heads and coming up with exactly zippo.’
    • ‘‘No, zero, zippo,’ Katharine Armstrong, who hosted the hunt, told her local paper.’
    nothing, nil, nothing at all, not a single thing, not anything, none
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Mid 19th century: imitative.