from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal The letter z.

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  • n. an alternate pronunciation for the letter Z, similar to zed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See izard.
  • n. The letter z; -- formerly so called.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A former name of the letter Z.
  • n. See izard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably variant (perhaps influenced by lizard or gizzard) of Scots ezed, variant of zed.



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  • "2. from A to izzard, from beginning to end; completely."

    --The American College Dictionary

    April 13, 2011

  • "Old Isaac Izard—his name is odd, isn't it? Mrs. Zimmermann thinks that it comes from izzard, which in some parts of England is the word for zed, which is the word the English use to identify the letter Z. I go along with Mrs. Zimmermann's theory because I can't think of a better one. And besides, she is a Z-lady, so she should know."

    The House with a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs, p 33 of the Puffin Books paperback edition

    March 1, 2010

  • JM has just discovered that the ancient word for the letter Z is izzard.

    February 1, 2009

  • Eddie -- are you kidding? ;-)

    January 30, 2009

  • Not just a surname but an archaic name for the letter Z.

    Also a variant of izard.

    October 4, 2007