Definition of zing in English:

zing

Pronunciation /ziNG/ /zɪŋ/

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noun

informal
  • Energy, enthusiasm, or liveliness.

    • ‘he was expected to add some zing to the lackluster team’
    • ‘‘Music is what we understand, music is what we care about and music is what adds zing to our life,’ the duo point out.’
    • ‘Plenty of other top coaches are ready and waiting to add some movie-star zing to your serve this winter, at resorts from the Algarve to Antigua.’
    • ‘Guthrie is convinced her marriage to Irion adds zing to their singing.’
    • ‘Kattan has such energy and zing that it's too bad his performance was held for the very end of the film.’
    • ‘What was missing was pizzazz: that certain zing in her walk and attitude, to set her apart.’
    • ‘The new tape is an original release edit, putting all the old zing and zest into the movie.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, Cleveland spent the offseason trying to add some zing to its offense.’
    • ‘Zidane could not even do the simple things and Carlos lost his zing.’
    • ‘In an encounter that had zing in spades, more than a few men found themselves falling early on as the fight to avoid failure tended towards the physical.’
    • ‘Still it was all good fun and I think we broke some new ground and put a bit of zing into radio current affairs coverage.’
    • ‘The characters are flat 2D and well-animated as are the spell effects and whatnot, but time has passed unkindly, and the graphics lack any real zing.’
    • ‘It is also a remarkably assured debut, and a reminder that the Bush Theatre's honourable legacy of spotting plays with real zing and commercial potential remains intact.’
    • ‘It's Elvis not just without the King but without any discernible zing.’
    • ‘That famous voice is also fading: while he can still reach a volume way beyond that of mere mortals, there is little of the erstwhile bite and zing.’
    • ‘And after the build-up the comedown: a shift in rates is taking some of the zing out of the mortgage market.’
    • ‘There's lots of hot Latino actors now, could give us a little zing at the box office.’
    • ‘They fizzle when they should sizzle and have all the zing of carbonated water gone flat.’
    • ‘None of this would matter if the battle scenes and the choreography had one zillionth of the zing of Kill Bill 1.’
    • ‘There were passages when Glasgow looked markedly the better side and played with much of the zing which was so often conspicuously absent last season.’
    • ‘The fact of the matter is that you can use relatively easy tools to freshen up the digitalized images and put the zing back in old, faded or yellowed film footage.’
    • ‘It was Sicily, with its mix of European and African influences, that musically put the zing back into Kerr.’
    enthusiasm, zest, zestfulness, appetite, relish, gusto, eagerness, keenness, avidity, zeal, fervour, ardour, passion, love, enjoyment, joy, delight, pleasure, excitement
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verb

informal
  • 1no object Move rapidly, making a high-pitched ringing or whining noise.

    • ‘another bullet zinged past him’
  • 2North American with object Attack or criticize sharply.

    • ‘he zinged the budget deal in interviews with journalists’

Origin

Early 20th century imitative.