Definition of zip in English:

zip

verb

  • 1[with object] Fasten with a zip.

    ‘he zipped up his waterproof’
    • ‘Liz stood at the door in gray sweatpants and a black jacket that was zipped up.’
    • ‘She finished her hasty packing and zipped up the bag.’
    • ‘Keep your bag zipped up and make sure your wallet or purse can't be seen.’
    • ‘She shivered and zipped up her hooded sweatshirt.’
    • ‘He was wearing a waist-length light to mid-grey polyester jacket, zipped up at the front, and dark sandy-coloured corduroys.’
    • ‘She smiles and zips up her jacket. ‘Which is just how it should be.’’
    • ‘The jacket was zipped up and the pants were ironed straight.’
    • ‘I inhaled the smell of old perfume and talcum powder every time I helped zip her dress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was wearing dark blue jeans, Timberland black boots and a white long-sleeved top that was zipped up.’
    • ‘His black jacket was zipped up despite the heat of the night and his hands were in his pockets.’
    • ‘He was wearing a black ski-type waterproof jacket which was bulky and was zipped up to the neck and possibly had a hood.’
    • ‘Sofia was wearing a brown leather jacket, which was already zipped up as much as possible.’
    • ‘However they imagined this end, I cannot help but seeing an image of a body bag being zipped up.’
    • ‘His black bomber jacket was zipped up to the neck and he also wore black jeans and black boots or shoes.’
    • ‘I pulled out three dollars and zipped my purse.’
    • ‘I zipped up my purse and leaned against the wall.’
    • ‘Jennifer zipped up the sides of her boots, and clipped her belt together.’
    • ‘I quickly zipped up my jacket and walked away from Jason.’
    • ‘Todd was behind us, zipping his pants and calling out Brooklyn's name.’
    1. 1.1Fasten the zip of a garment that (someone) is wearing.
      ‘he zipped himself up’
      • ‘Four people eventually managed to zip him into it and he emerged belatedly into the limelight still rippling from his previous endeavour.’
      • ‘I tried not to sound insecure as she zipped me up.’
      • ‘We zipped Jack into his drysuit, found his weightbelt, helped him into his borrowed BC and watched him do his buddy-check.’
      • ‘She sighs and zips me into my costume with a quick tug.’
      • ‘‘Shut up and slip into the dress, so I can zip you up’ Kirk said coolly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She grabbed the zipper and quickly zipped me up.’
      • ‘We consciously closed the door, I got into the suitcase, and she zipped me up.’
      • ‘He was over in a flash, zipped her up, helped her on with her coat: a complete gentleman.’
      • ‘I felt his fingertips brush my skin lightly as he zipped me carefully up.’
      • ‘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 needed two aunts to zip me into my senior prom dress.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2informal [no object, with adverbial of direction] 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.’
    • ‘Instead of high drama in slow motion, this is low drama and high speed as the cars zip by.’
    • ‘The magnesium catches fire and zips around on the surface of the water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Under the assured direction of veteran Leo McCarey, the film just zips along and is all over far too soon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Where are the predictions of the near future in which we all zip about above the rooftops in our own little aircars?’
    • ‘Robben, again from the right, zips inside and coaxes a curler about four yards of the far post.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, as with any circuit, you'll zip from one move to the next without resting, keeping your heart rate - and calorie burn - high.’
    • ‘Everybody zips along at the same frantic speed, the assumption being that you know where you're going.’
    • ‘Normally I push the speed limit, and the countryside zips by.’
    • ‘The musical numbers are by far the most frenetic, with animated imagery zipping around at the speed of hyperspace.’
    • ‘Brooks, a war correspondent, has obviously done her homework, and her first novel zips along entertainingly, filled with incident and detail.’
    • ‘The evening consists of four creative and varied works that made the time zip by.’
    • ‘Drifts of sea pinks coloured the soft grass of the cliff tops and house martins zipped by flashing their pure white rumps.’
    • ‘Khair moves with effortless ease into his story-telling: we are quickly introduced to the characters as the novel zips along.’
    • ‘I literally feel life zip by me while I stand rooted.’
    • ‘James is a tireless runner who can punish a defense with his strength or zip through it with his speed.’
    • ‘It made 11 hours in economy class on the London to Bangkok flight zip by in a dreamy fug.’
    1. 2.1[with object and adverbial]Cause to move or be delivered or dealt with rapidly.
      ‘he zipped a pass out to his receiver’
      • ‘Against the Kings, Yao zipped a no-look scoop pass across the court to PG Steve Francis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Carr zipped a perfect pass to a wide-open Johnson, who dropped the easy catch that would have given Houston another third down conversion.’
      • ‘Crouch zipped a pass to Wistrom, who caught it, turned upfield and was tackled at the 15.’
      • ‘First, Ginobili drove the lane and drew Duncan's defender, zipping a pass to Duncan all alone on the baseline for a 19-footer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3Computing
    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.’
    • ‘We zipped it up to compress it so that your virus protection software would allow you to receive it’
    • ‘Like the smaller test, we'll be zipping the images into one zip file, then testing again with all the files separate.’
    • ‘The standard way around this is to zip the executable files before sending them.’
    • ‘We also zipped the folder, reducing it to about 640MB for our large file tests.’

noun

  • 1British A device consisting of two flexible strips of metal or plastic with interlocking projections closed or opened by pulling a slide along them, used to fasten garments, bags, and other items.

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

    ‘he's full of zip’
    • ‘Did his punches have the same zip from the second round on?’
    • ‘Want to add some crunch to your salad, some zing to your pasta, some zip to your dip?’
    • ‘Each mouthful is a bit different, and you can add zip from the dip of accompanying hot sauce.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In midfield, Steve Schumacher's welcome return added zip and zest and brought legs to the piston-like work-rate of Lee Crooks.’
    • ‘The zip and energy shown by Wales in attack was one of the major plus points for Hearts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The former national player has added that much-need zip to the attack, bowling long spells and dominating the batsmen.’
    • ‘A different Bees side emerged for the second half, and a more familiar zip characterised all they tried to do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the other side, he doesn't have sparkling offensive statistics and his throws don't have great zip.’
    • ‘RHP Pat Hentgen has lost some zip off his fastball since suffering shoulder tendinitis in '98, but he tries to compensate with location.’
    • ‘To be fair, you have about 4000% more energy and zip as a speaker than anyone there today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He didn't appear to have much zip or intensity and dropped some catchable balls.’
    • ‘The sliced papaya was refreshing and the ceviche was tasty even without much citrus zip.’
    • ‘The zip she detects in Tokyo is missing in London and/or Paris and/or New York, she is saying.’
    • ‘This is not a personality-driven, motivational DVD with a driving pop music score for added zip.’
    • ‘It had a bit of zip, and it was a nice diversion from the usual power ballads.’
    enthusiasm, zest, zestfulness, appetite, relish, gusto, eagerness, keenness, avidity, zeal, fervour, ardour, passion, love, enjoyment, joy, delight, pleasure, excitement
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pronoun

North american
informal
  • Nothing at all.

    ‘you got zip to do with me and my kind, buddy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I checked in on concerned daughter, again zippo.’
    • ‘That had zip to do with the election result because in the end people will vote on issues.’
    • ‘After 30 minutes, I have learned nothing, nada, zippo.’
    • ‘‘My social life is pretty much zippo,’ Maxhimer said.’
    • ‘I typed in the name Patrick Goldstein and again, zippo - nada.’
    • ‘Sure, he launched some missiles back in '91, accomplishing zip.’
    • ‘School's nearly back in session, and we feel your panic as your fun-filled summer days wind down to zippo.’
    • ‘So if people over 65 vote Labour or National in this election, they will get zip.’
    • ‘They sat around for a good while scratching their heads and coming up with exactly zippo.’
    • ‘Right now, the score: They're down zip to two to Paraguay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last year had the decent ‘Legally Blonde,’ but this year - zippo.’
    • ‘‘No, zero, zippo,’ Katharine Armstrong, who hosted the hunt, told her local paper.’
    • ‘A quarter of the songs played on Miami's Power 96 are dance hall, compared with zip two years ago.’
    • ‘That will mean that anyone earning under $38,000 gets zero, zippo, and members of Parliament get at least $100 a week extra.’
    • ‘And you don't have to sacrifice zip for cleaner air.’
    • ‘Roberts also has absolutely no experience - zippo - in the criminal justice system.’
    • ‘Meanwhile our heating bill went up almost $150 and we get zip because, apparently, we make way too much money (note the sarcasm).’
    nothing, nil, nothing at all, not a single thing, not anything, none
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Origin

Mid 19th century: imitative.

Pronunciation:

zip

/zɪp/