zip Definition

  • 1to fasten something by pulling a zip along its edges
  • 2a device consisting of two rows of metal or plastic teeth-like parts that are brought together by pulling a sliding piece over them, used to fasten clothes, bags, etc.
  • 3nothing; zero

Using zip: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "zip" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She zipped up her jacket before going outside.

  • Example

    The dress zips at the back.

  • Example

    I searched my pockets but found zip.

  • Example

    The company's profits were down to zip this quarter.

  • Example

    He scored zip in the last game.

zip Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for zip

Phrases with zip

  • to stop talking or be quiet


    I told him to zip it and let me finish my story.

  • a system of postal codes used in the United States to help identify the location of a recipient


    Please include your zip code when filling out the form.

  • an improvised firearm made from commonly available materials


    The criminal was caught with a zip gun in his possession.


Summary: zip in Brief

The term 'zip' [zɪp] can be used as a verb meaning to fasten something using a device consisting of two rows of teeth-like parts, or as a noun referring to the device itself. It can also mean nothing or zero, as in 'I searched my pockets but found zip.' 'Zip' is often used in phrases like 'zip it,' meaning to stop talking, and 'zip code,' which is a system of postal codes used in the United States.

How do native speakers use this expression?