Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A brief high-pitched humming or buzzing sound, such as that made by a swiftly passing object or a taut vibrating string.
  • intransitive verb To make a zing.
  • intransitive verb To move swiftly with or as if with a zing.
  • intransitive verb Informal To be vivacious or lively.
  • intransitive verb To attack verbally; criticize sharply.
  • intransitive verb To strike suddenly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A short high-pitched humming sound, eg that made by a bullet or vibrating string.
  • noun Zest or vitality.
  • verb To move very quickly, especially while making a high-pitched hum.
  • interjection onomatopoeia A high pitched humming sound.
  • interjection US, slang Used to acknowledge a witty comeback, a zinger.

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  • noun the activeness of an energetic personality
  • noun a brief high-pitched buzzing or humming sound

Etymologies

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

[Imitative.]

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