What does zigzag mean?

Definitions for zigzag

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word zigzag.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. zigzag, zig, zag(adj)

    an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions

  2. zigzag, zig-zag(verb)

    having short sharp turns or angles

  3. zigzag, crank(adverb)

    travel along a zigzag path

    "The river zigzags through the countryside"

  4. zigzag(adverb)

    in a zigzag course or on a zigzag path

    "birds flew zigzag across the blue sky"


  1. zigzag(Noun)

    a line or path that proceeds by sharp turns in alternating directions

  2. zigzag(Noun)

    one of such sharp turns

  3. zigzag(Verb)

    to move in a zigzag manner

  4. zigzag(Adverb)

    in a zigzag manner or pattern

  5. zigzag(Adjective)

    Moving in, or having a zigzag.

  6. Zigzag(ProperNoun)

    a small town in Oregon

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zigzag(noun)

    something that has short turns or angles

  2. Zigzag(noun)

    a molding running in a zigzag line; a chevron, or series of chevrons. See Illust. of Chevron, 3

  3. Zigzag(noun)

    see Boyau

  4. Zigzag(adj)

    having short, sharp turns; running this way and that in an onward course

  5. Zigzag(verb)

    to form with short turns

  6. Zigzag(verb)

    to move in a zigzag manner; also, to have a zigzag shape

  7. Origin: [F. zigzag, G. zickzack, from zacke, zacken, a dentil, tooth. Cf. Tack a small nail.]


  1. Zigzag

    A zigzag is a pattern made up of small corners at variable angles, though constant within the zigzag, tracing a path between two parallel lines; it can be described as both jagged and fairly regular. From the point of view of symmetry, a regular zigzag can be generated from a simple motif like a line segment by repeated application of a glide reflection. The origin of the word is unclear. Its first printed appearance was in French books in the late 17th century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Zigzag

    zig′zag, n. a short, sharp turning.—adj. having short, sharp turns, bent from side to side.—v.t. to form with short turns:—pr.p. zig′zagging; pa.p. zig′zagged.adv. with frequent sharp turns—also Zig′zaggy.—n. Zigzag′gery, angular crookedness.—adj. Zig′zaggy, zigzag. [Fr. zig-zag—Ger. zick-zack, zacke, a sharp point.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. zigzag

    The route followed by poets in arriving at truth, as opposed to the direct course which they take for the buffet.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The popular route after a heavy dinner. Old adage, "The longest way round is the drunkard's way home!"

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zigzag in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zigzag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of zigzag in a Sentence

  1. Jacob Cutler:

    We literally had to zigzag around the bodies, there were so many of them.

  2. Jacob Cutler:

    The Longest Day. we literally had to zigzag around the bodies, there were so many of them.

Images & Illustrations of zigzag

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  • sigsagAfrikaans
  • zigzaguejar, ziga-zaga, zig-zagCatalan, Valencian
  • o un ochr i'r llall, igam-ogam, igamogamuWelsh
  • zickzackGerman
  • zigzagi, zigzaga, zigzage, zigzagoEsperanto
  • en zigzag, zigzag, zigzaguearSpanish
  • زیگزاگPersian
  • sik-sak, mutkittelevasti, mutkitella, siksakki, säntäillä, mutkitteleva, siksak, pujotellaFinnish
  • zigzaguer, zigzagFrench
  • fiarlánIrish
  • lùbachScottish Gaelic
  • zigzagGalician
  • cikcakkHungarian
  • զիգզագArmenian
  • zigzagarIdo
  • zigzagItalian
  • ジグザグに進む, ジグザグ, 雁木Japanese
  • იკანკლური, ზიგზაგისებრი, იკანკელი, კლაკნილად, ტეხილი, დაკლაკნილი, იკანკლურად, ზიგზაგი, კლაკნილი, დაკლაკნილად, ზიგზაგური, ზიგზაგურადGeorgian
  • 지그재그, 지그재그로, 갈지자로, 갈지자, 비틀배틀, 휙획, 실룩샐룩Korean
  • kammdro, kammdreylya, ygam-ogamCornish
  • sikksakkNorwegian
  • ziguezague, ziguezaguearPortuguese
  • зигзаг, делать зигзаги, идти зигзагомRussian
  • ševuljicaSerbo-Croatian
  • letswedintswekeSouthern Sotho
  • zikzakTurkish

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