One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spot on the skin.
pimple, pustule, blemish, blackhead, boil, swelling, eruption, wen, styView synonyms
- ‘Where were the black rimmed glasses, the transparently white skin, the insufferable rash of zits that should be covering his face?’
- ‘We had no money, no fashion to speak of, no make-up, and zits.’
- ‘It turns out that he had this big zit on his forehead and he didn't want to be on TV where everyone would see this huge zit.’
- ‘I look at the photo of me at sixteen with dyed black hair and a zit on my chin and think, ‘why did they let me out in public?’’
- ‘That expensive moisturiser has given me three heinous zits on my chin!’
- ‘One unwashed individual came out with a rash of zits.’
- ‘Frequently covered in zits, freckles and pockmarks, his character's faces are detailed in their expressiveness without being overly polished.’
- ‘Unfortunately, there is much myth surrounding the causation of the zits.’
- ‘You eventually regret the day when you finally get up close to one of your idols and see that they have scars and zits and they scowl and curse at the roadies.’
- ‘His honesty, feyness and his ability to laugh at himself, (such as when he discovers a zit on his nose during the interview), contributes to his charm.’
- ‘Along the way Kevin matured from skateboarding kid to adolescence, experiencing everything from first dates to first kisses, by way of a broken voice and zits.’
- ‘I hate zits, especially the one inside my eyelid.’
- ‘Any younger and they're popping zits, not dreaming of being politicians.’
- ‘In between Grade 8 and Grade 9 I grew a bit, had a haircut, and my zits went away.’
- ‘My skin is pretty much clear but for this one zit.’
- ‘The holiday season kicks into full gear this week and I've just noticed that there is what clearly looks like the beginnings of a huge red zit on my nose.’
- ‘This only compounded matters and meant that even more zits began to creep all over her face.’
- ‘I found that immediately after starting this practice, my occasional chin-area zit and ingrown neck hairs almost completely stopped happening.’
- ‘Typical teen problems like zits had not touched his flawless pale skin.’
- ‘His face had so many zits on it that it looked like his skin tone was actually pink and white.’
1960s: of unknown origin; apparently originally teenagers' slang in North American English.
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