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.

Definitions of zip
  1. noun
    forceful exertion
    “he's full of zip
    synonyms: energy, vigor, vigour
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    athleticism, strenuosity
    intense energy
    type of:
    force, forcefulness, strength
    physical energy or intensity
  2. verb
    move very fast
    synonyms: hurry, speed, travel rapidly
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    dart, fleet, flit, flutter
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    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
    flutter like a butterfly
    clip, jog, trot
    run at a moderately swift pace
    scamper, scurry, scuttle, skitter
    to move about or proceed hurriedly
    run easily and fairly fast
    run bases
    run around the bases, in baseball
    run naked in a public place
    run with the ball; in such sports as football
    run faster than
    run for exercise
    run very fast, usually for a short distance
    run easily
    run with the ball, in football
    run quickly, like a hare
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  3. noun
    a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab
    synonyms: slide fastener, zip fastener, zipper
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    type of:
    fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
    restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
  4. verb
    close with a zipper
    Zip up your jacket--it's cold”
    synonyms: zip up, zipper
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    open the zipper of
    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  5. noun
    a quantity of no importance
    synonyms: aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zero, zilch, zippo
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    (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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