energy, vigor, vigour, zip

(noun) forceful exertion; “he plays tennis with great energy”; “he’s full of zip”

nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip, zippo

(noun) a quantity of no importance; “it looked like nothing I had ever seen before”; “reduced to nil all the work we had done”; “we racked up a pathetic goose egg”; “it was all for naught”; “I didn’t hear zilch about it”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


ZIP (plural ZIPs)

(US) Initialism of Zone Improvement Plan. (see ZIP code)

(US) A ZIP code.

Proper noun

ZIP (uncountable)

(computing, uncountable) A common file format for data compression.


ZIP (countable and uncountable, plural ZIPs)

(computing, informal) A zip file.

Etymology 1



zip (plural zips)

The high-pitched sound of a small object moving rapidly through air.

(informal) Energy; vigor; vim.

(British, NZ) A zip fastener.

(slang) Zero; nothing.

A trip on a zipline.

(computing, informal) A zip file.

(programming) synonym of convolution

(slang) An ounce of marijuana.


• (sound): whizz, zing

• (fastener): slide fastener, zip fastener, zipper (chiefly US)



(slang) Zero; nothing.



(onomatopoeia) Imitative of high-pitched sound of a small object moving rapidly through air.


• whee, whizz, zing


zip (third-person singular simple present zips, present participle zipping, simple past and past participle zipped)

(transitive) To close with a zip fastener.

(transitive, figuratively) To close as if with a zip fastener.

(transitive, computing) To compress (one or more computer files) into a single and often smaller file, especially one in the ZIP format.

(transitive, programming) To subject to the convolution mapping function.

(intransitive) (followed by a preposition) To move rapidly (in a specified direction or to a specified place) with a high-pitched sound.

(intransitive, colloquial) (followed by a preposition) To move in haste (in a specified direction or to a specified place).

(transitive) To make (something) move quickly

To travel on a zipline.


• (close with a zip fastener): zip up

Etymology 2

From zip code


zip (plural zips)

(US) A ZIP code; a US postal code.

(US, by extension) Any postal code, for any country.

Source: Wiktionary

Zip, n. [Imitative.]

Definition: A hissing or sibilant sound such as that made by a flying bullet.

Zip, v. i.

Definition: To make, or move with, such a sound.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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