Definition of zig in English:



  • A sharp change of direction in a zigzag course.

    ‘he went round and round in zigs and zags’
    • ‘One fellow has his hands in his pockets and no zig in his zag at all.’


  • Make a sharp change of direction.

    ‘we zigged to the right’
    • ‘He invariably zigged when he should have zagged and was instrumental in the team's difficulties executing its offense.’
    • ‘The market zigged and zagged and most groups ended little changed.’
    • ‘Native speakers argue that we are still zigging when the rest of the world has zagged.’
    • ‘Arnott's fund will zig when everybody else zags.’
    • ‘If you zig when they zag, it is possible to search acres of water without seeing a fish.’
    • ‘When everyone is zigging, that's when you want to zag.’
    • ‘Just when one thinks the Justices might zig, they zag, but whichever way they turn, their reasoning seems increasingly arbitrary and contrived.’
    • ‘We zigged when we should have zagged.’
    • ‘He zigged and zagged and she went with him, arm clenched tightly to his.’


1960s: by abbreviation of zigzag.