Definition of zippy in English:



  • 1Bright, fresh, or lively.

    ‘a zippy, zingy, almost citrusy tang’
    • ‘Add zippy devilled eggs and perhaps few relishes and chutneys to round out the meal.’
    • ‘He's obviously a bit unsure about his closing sentence but as a zippy opening paragraph, that first bit is quite fun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This musical is great for schools to perform because of its zippy songs, larger-than-life characters and even larger talking plant.’
    • ‘All pizzas have the same zippy tomato sauce and generous dimensions.’
    • ‘There is little wrong with Roxana Silbert's zippy production that cannot be attributed to the uneven script.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 Lord of the Rings films turns this on its head; they are tightly scripted, zippy reinterpretations of a bloated, forensic epic.’
    • ‘It was a lively, zingy show with zippy dancing, and I like dancing a helluva lot more than syrupy lyrics.’
    • ‘This zippy production, starring Emma Fielding and Miriam Margolyes, unpicks all the tangled threads pretty well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The result is new-minted, bright, and zippy, ready for a TV special, which may well be coming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm feeling great - energetic, zippy, happy, sparkly and glowing!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    happy, genial, cheerful, cheery, jolly, joyful, glad, merry, sunny, light-hearted, blithe, beaming
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    1. 1.1 Fast or speedy.
      ‘zippy new sedans’
      • ‘Computers don't have minds of their own, but they do look pretty zippy.’
      • ‘Powered by a Mobile Pentium running at 300 MHz, the machine was quite zippy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As noted, the Charles de Gaulle airport has a zippy public commuter rail connection into downtown Paris.’
      • ‘The patrons came on zippy two wheelers, wearing dungarees, talking a combination of Kannada, Hinglish, and English.’
      • ‘Anyone can be a musician… although you do need a fairly zippy internet connection.’
      • ‘Those of you who remember the old zippy racing favourite Micro Machines will have some idea of what you're in for here.’
      • ‘In my zippy Nissan Sentry, I suddenly found myself hyperventilating somewhere around Ewarton.’
      • ‘It completely gummed up my otherwise zippy system.’
      • ‘It does mean I now have a nice zippy machine.’
      • ‘I must say, Mazda MX5s are zippy little numbers!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In building a car, do you use lightweight materials so that it is zippy, but a deathtrap in an accident?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What they have in common is an urge to combine zippy new technologies with real-life social interaction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      fast, fast-moving, high-speed
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