zipless

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

zip +‎ -less, the figurative sense coined (as "zipless fuck") by Erica Jong in her novel Fear of Flying (1973).

Adjective[edit]

zipless (not comparable)

  1. Without a zip fastener.
    • 1994, Jeff Torrington, Swing hammer swing!
      "The patient was almost certainly saved by his zipless zoot suit," said a genial surgeon.
    • 2006, Anthony McDonald, Adam
      No longer in muddy, zipless, trousers, Sylvain wore blue denims...
  2. (informal, figuratively) Without complications and hindrances.
    • 2002, Francisco Valdes, Jerome M Culp, Angela P Harris, Crossroads, Directions, and a New Critical Race Theory
      Erica Jong's words regarding the zipless encounter applied completely to my white classmates' actions on that school bus...
    • 2004, Jane Isenberg, Hot on the Trail
      ...wedding planners who would check out venues, prices, caterers and all that stuff and then put it together for us, so it would be a zipless wedding.
    • 2007, James Day, Queer sexualities in French and Francophone literature and film
      And yet this screen presence, going well beyond the literary, is the illusion that the world is like that, that sex is indeed zipless...

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