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November 18, 2011 - Word of the Day: zip

The word "zip" is a verb that describes a motion when putting on clothes. As a noun, the word is zipper:

zipper This is a zipper.

  • Zip up your jacket. It's cold outside.
  • Alisha zipped up her sweater.
  • Jim pulled too hard on the zipper and broke it. Now he can't wear his jeans.
  • I need to unzip my jacket. (Use "unzip" when pulling the zipper down.)

The word "zip" can also be used as an adjective to describe the motion of a vehicle:

  • This BMW has a lot of zip.
  • You can watch sailboats zip around the lake on the weekends when it's windy. (In this sentence, "zip" is a verb.)

Some people use "zip" as an adjective to describe spicy food:

  • This salsa has some zip to it.

 

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