Definition of zippy in English:



  • 1Bright, fresh, or lively.

    ‘a zippy, zingy, almost citrusy tang’
    • ‘Being reminded that you are no longer a zippy 19-year-old, but 36 with a garden shed and a petrol lawnmower, comes as a horrible shock.’
    • ‘Which is a shame, because the film starts off as a fascinating account of the rise of the corporation and makes some valid points in a zippy way.’
    • ‘The latter is the single, Sexiest Man in Jamaica, a zippy bit of fun in which Prince Buster rustily declaims his sexiness over an orchestral victory march.’
    • ‘There is little wrong with Roxana Silbert's zippy production that cannot be attributed to the uneven script.’
    • ‘The result is new-minted, bright, and zippy, ready for a TV special, which may well be coming.’
    • ‘From high - school reimaginings of Shakespeare to romantic gross-out comedies and back, they vary wildly in quality from zippy, witty fun to indigestible slush.’
    • ‘He's obviously a bit unsure about his closing sentence but as a zippy opening paragraph, that first bit is quite fun.’
    • ‘I'm feeling great - energetic, zippy, happy, sparkly and glowing!’
    • ‘Add zippy devilled eggs and perhaps few relishes and chutneys to round out the meal.’
    • ‘Despite a period in hospital for surgery on an enlarged prostate last January, he looks zippy, chipper and strangely ageless.’
    • ‘The first part of the playlist contained happy, poppy, zippy songs that gradually got a little more driving, but not too much.’
    • ‘This musical is great for schools to perform because of its zippy songs, larger-than-life characters and even larger talking plant.’
    • ‘It runs a bit long but great lines, solid, zippy performances, laughs, intelligent ideas and some out-and-out chaos make this a model Fringe experience.’
    • ‘Progressing by decade, Sutherland offers an informed and zippy commentary on an inexplicable phenomenon.’
    • ‘The aromas and flavours of fresh ripe pineapple are topped with a hint of honey backed by zippy acidity.’
    • ‘The Lord of the Rings films turns this on its head; they are tightly scripted, zippy reinterpretations of a bloated, forensic epic.’
    • ‘This zippy production, starring Emma Fielding and Miriam Margolyes, unpicks all the tangled threads pretty well.’
    • ‘The tartar sauce had a zippy, homemade taste to it, and both our plates were rounded out well with green salads and ample servings of perfectly nice fries.’
    • ‘Light and fruity aromas of soft gooseberry with a whiff of crème fraiche deliver zippy flavours of light gooseberry and lemon before a crisp and dry, slightly minerally finish.’
    • ‘It was a lively, zingy show with zippy dancing, and I like dancing a helluva lot more than syrupy lyrics.’
    • ‘All pizzas have the same zippy tomato sauce and generous dimensions.’
    happy, genial, cheerful, cheery, jolly, joyful, glad, merry, sunny, light-hearted, blithe, beaming
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    1. 1.1Fast or speedy.
      ‘zippy new sedans’
      • ‘It completely gummed up my otherwise zippy system.’
      • ‘What they have in common is an urge to combine zippy new technologies with real-life social interaction.’
      • ‘Today, though, with a loud music and headphones just a little too snug for comfort, I ran a fairly zippy 3.5km and cycled another 7.’
      • ‘In my zippy Nissan Sentry, I suddenly found myself hyperventilating somewhere around Ewarton.’
      • ‘Unlike the men's Formula One set-up all the women drive the same car last year it was the Mazda RX - 8, next year it will be the zippy Caterham 7.’
      • ‘In building a car, do you use lightweight materials so that it is zippy, but a deathtrap in an accident?’
      • ‘Powered by a Mobile Pentium running at 300 MHz, the machine was quite zippy.’
      • ‘If you have to choose between a slow network that's rock-steady and a zippy one that keeps blinking in and out, Reliable wins every time.’
      • ‘The patrons came on zippy two wheelers, wearing dungarees, talking a combination of Kannada, Hinglish, and English.’
      • ‘Carpenter is a huge part of the Blues attacking play, his zippy running and accurate shooting yielding important scores while also deeply involved in most of O'Hanrahan's best moves.’
      • ‘It does mean I now have a nice zippy machine.’
      • ‘Those of you who remember the old zippy racing favourite Micro Machines will have some idea of what you're in for here.’
      • ‘As noted, the Charles de Gaulle airport has a zippy public commuter rail connection into downtown Paris.’
      • ‘As part of the promotion a Morris Oil team travelled around the region demonstrating the zippy Citroen Xsara and inviting people to sign up for the giveaway.’
      • ‘A zippy lunch stop, a swop of cars into the manual version and we're heading right back where we came, this time with Dan driving on the twisty bits.’
      • ‘Anyone can be a musician… although you do need a fairly zippy internet connection.’
      • ‘Computers don't have minds of their own, but they do look pretty zippy.’
      • ‘Felt good to be there, though, and I ran a fairly zippy 3.25 km, so went home feeling springy to think of some more show ideas.’
      • ‘Forget your zippy roadsters, your perky hybrids, your family sedans, your humble pickup trucks - to qualify for this tax break, your road machine has to be bigger than big.’
      • ‘I must say, Mazda MX5s are zippy little numbers!’
      fast, fast-moving, high-speed
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