zip

To zip is to close with a zipper. Also, zip means zilch, which is zero or nothing. Make sure to zip your wallet because if everything falls out, you’ll have zip.

Zip as in “to close with a zipper” is short for — you guessed it — zipper. If you're cold, zip up your coat. If you zip your lips, you’re not using a zipper but you’re closing your mouth. Zip meaning “nothing” came from kids in the 1900s when they referred to getting a zero on a test. Now, if you have zip, you have nothing, and not just on a test.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: zip

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nv
forceful exertion
move very fast
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a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab
close with a zipper
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a quantity of no importance
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: zip
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n forceful exertion

“he's full of zip
Synonyms:
energy, vigor, vigour
Types:
athleticism, strenuosity
intense energy
Type of:
force, forcefulness, strength
physical energy or intensity

v move very fast

Synonyms:
hurry, speed, travel rapidly
Types:
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dart, fleet, flit, flutter
move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
run
move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
whizz, whizz along, zoom, zoom along
move along very quickly
butterfly
flutter like a butterfly
clip, jog, trot
run at a moderately swift pace
scamper, scurry, scuttle, skitter
to move about or proceed hurriedly
romp
run easily and fairly fast
run bases
run around the bases, in baseball
streak
run naked in a public place
run
run with the ball; in such sports as football
outrun
run faster than
jog
run for exercise
sprint
run very fast, usually for a short distance
lope
run easily
rush
run with the ball, in football
hare
run quickly, like a hare
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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n a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab

Synonyms:
slide fastener, zip fastener, zipper
Type of:
fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

v close with a zipper

Zip up your jacket--it's cold”
Synonyms:
zip up, zipper
Antonyms:
unzip
open the zipper of
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached
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n a quantity of no importance

Synonyms:
aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zero, zilch, zippo
Types:
nihil
(Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ)
Type of:
relative quantity
a quantity relative to some purpose
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