zippo

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See also: zippò and Zippo

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

zip +‎ -o

Adjective[edit]

zippo (not comparable)

  1. (slang) None whatsoever
    • 2007, January 14, “G. Pascal Zachary”, in Out of Africa: Cotton and Cash[1]:
      “The whole situation is magnificent news, especially when the problem has been zippo investment by large corporations in Africa,” says Robert H. Bates [] .
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Etymology 2[edit]

Popular slang among American soldiers in the Vietnam War; from the Zippo brand of lighter.

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Verb[edit]

zippo (third-person singular simple present zippos, present participle zippoing, simple past and past participle zippoed)

  1. (slang) To light on fire.
    • 2012, Tom Knox, The Lost Goddess[2]:
      The youth climbed off, Zippoed a wick in a glass bottle and walked towards Jake's flat.
    • 2009, Nigel Cawthorne, Vietnam[3]:
      Once the last villagers had left Ben Suc, the buildings were doused with petrol and zippoed.
    • 1987, Reuben Noel, Nancy Noel, Saigon for a song[4]:
      I didn't want to burn 'em out, but that's policy. So we zippoed their hooch.

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

zippo

  1. first-person singular present indicative of zippare

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