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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): /ˈzɪɡ.zæɡ/

  • (file)

NounEdit

zigzag (plural zigzags)

  1. a line or path that proceeds by sharp turns in alternating directions
  2. one of such sharp turns

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AdjectiveEdit

zigzag (comparative more zigzag, superlative most zigzag)

  1. Moving in, or having a zigzag.

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VerbEdit

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: A Novel, 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.

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AdverbEdit

zigzag (comparative more zigzag, superlative most zigzag)

  1. in a zigzag manner or pattern

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ zigzag” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French zigzag.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

zigzag m (plural zigzags, diminutive zigzagje n)

  1. zigzag (line in a sawtooth pattern)

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): /ziɡ.zaɡ/

NounEdit

zigzag m (plural zigzags)

  1. zigzag

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French zigzag.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /θiɡˈθaɡ/, [θiɣˈθaɣ]
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /siɡˈsaɡ/, [siɣˈsaɣ]

NounEdit

zigzag m (plural zigzags or zigzagues)

  1. zigzag

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

zigzag” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.