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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Zip
A hissing or sibilant sound such as that made by a flying bullet.

Etymology: Imitative

verb Zip
To make, or move with, such a sound.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab
  2. Forceful exertion ("he's full of zip")
  3. A code of letters and digits added to a postal address to aid in the sorting of mail
  4. A quantity of no importance
  5. Close with a zipper ("Zip up your jacket--it's cold")
  6. Move very fast ("The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed")


  1. The high-pitched sound of a small object moving rapidly through air.
  2. (informal) Energy; vigor; vim.
  3. (Britain, New Zealand) A zip fastener.
  4. (slang) Zero; nothing.
    I know about economics.
  5. A trip on a zipline.
  6. (computing, informal) A zip file.
  7. (slang) An ounce of marijuana.

From zip code

  1. (US) A ZIP code; a US postal code.
  2. (US, by extension) Any postal code, for any country.

    zip was also found in the following language(s): Lojban

    Notable Persons Named Zip

    Zip the Pinhead was a freak show performer, freak show, and freak showperformer. Zip was given the name William Henry Johnson in 1842 in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, U.S. He passed away on April 9th, 1926.


    Zip Zabel was a baseball player. Zip was born on February 18th, 1891 in Wetmore, Kansas. He passed away on May 31st, 1970.


    Zip Collins was an athlete. Zip was born on May 4th, 1892 in Brooklyn. Zip is also known as Collins and John Edgar. He breathed his last breath on December 19th, 1983.


    Zip was born on December 1st, 1916 in Chester, South Carolina. He breathed his last breath on January 18th, 2001.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Zip

    Bud Zip is a Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Bud was born on March 5th, 1929 in Yellow Creek, Saskatchewan.


    Fun Facts about the name Zip

    • When was the first name Zip first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Zip is Thursday, August 30th, 1877.
    • How unique is the name Zip? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Zip. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Zip: Your name in reverse order is Piz. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Zip. How do you pronounce that?

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
    • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.