zigzag

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See also: Zigzag and zig-zag

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested from 1712. Borrowed from French zigzag (attested from 1662)[1], possibly from a Germanic source via Walloon ziczac (although German Zickzack is attested only from 1703). Also, possibly from the shape of the letter Z, which appears twice in the word.

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /ˈzɪɡ.zæɡ/

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

zigzag (plural zigzags)

  1. A line or path that proceeds by sharp turns in alternating directions.
  2. One of these sharp turns.

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Adjective[edit]

zigzag (not comparable)

  1. Moving in, or having a zigzag.

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Verb[edit]

zigzag (third-person singular simple present zigzags, present participle zigzagging, simple past and past participle zigzagged)

  1. To move or to twist in a zigzag manner.
    • 1912 January, Zane Grey, “Surprise Valley”, in Riders of the Purple Sage [], New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219, page 98:
      At the base this vent was dark, cool, and smelled of dry, musty dust. It zigzagged so that he could not see ahead more than a few yards at a time.
    • 2002, Malcolm Yorke, Mervyn Peake: My Eyes Mint Gold: A Life, page 298:
      If the first two novels created a new genre — Peakean fantasy — then this third volume zigzags between several: the Bildungsroman, science fiction, social satire, morality tale and dystopian prophecy.
    Synonym: zig and zag

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Adverb[edit]

zigzag (comparative more zigzag, superlative most zigzag)

  1. in a zigzag manner or pattern

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References[edit]

  1. ^ zigzag”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French zigzag.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɪx.zɑx/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: zig‧zag

Noun[edit]

zigzag m (plural zigzags, diminutive zigzagje n)

  1. zigzag (line in a sawtooth pattern)

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zigzag m (plural zigzags)

  1. zigzag

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French zigzag.

Noun[edit]

zigzag n (plural zigzaguri)

  1. zigzag

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French zigzag.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /θiɡˈθaɡ/, [θiɣ̞ˈθaɣ̞]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /siɡˈsaɡ/, [siɣ̞ˈsaɣ̞]

Noun[edit]

zigzag m (plural zigzags or zigzagues)

  1. zigzag

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