1. A brief high-pitched humming or buzzing sound, such as that made by a swiftly passing object or a taut vibrating string.
2. Liveliness, intensity, or piquancy: I added lime juice to the sauce to give it more zing.
v. zinged, zing·ing, zings
1. To make a zing.
2. To move swiftly with or as if with a zing: an arrow zinging toward its target.
3. Informal To be vivacious or lively: a conversation zinging along.
1. To attack verbally; criticize sharply: zing an opponent in a debate.
2. To strike suddenly.
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