- a person or thing that zips
- a device used to fasten and unfasten two adjoining edges of material, as on the placket of a dress, the fly of a pair of trousers, etc.: it consists of two rows of tiny interlocking tabs which are joined or separated by sliding a part up or down
- an oblong, horizontal, rectangular electronic sign on which moving messages of text, data, etc. may be scrolled, using flashing lights, LED displays, etc.
tr. & intr.v.zip·pered, zip·per·ing, zip·pers
Origin of zipperOriginally a trademark. Word History: Registered in 1925, zipper was originally a B.F. Goodrich trademark for overshoes with fasteners. A Goodrich executive is said to have slid the fastener up and down on the boot and exclaimed, “Zip 'er up,” echoing the sound made by this clever device. Zip already existed as both a noun and verb referring to a light sharp sound or to motion accompanied by that kind of sound (zip was first recorded as a noun in 1875; as a verb, in 1852). Both words were imitations of the sound made by a rapidly moving object. As the fastener that “zipped” came to be used in other articles, its name was used as well. B.F. Goodrich sued to protect its trademark but was allowed to retain proprietary rights only over Zipper Boots. Zipper itself had moved into the world of common nouns.
(third-person singular simple present zippers, present participle zippering, simple past and past participle zippered)
- to close a zipper.
- He zippered his sweater against the cold.
- to put a zipper on an article.
- This Fall jackets are zippered.
1925, zip + -er. The trade name was registered in 1925 by B.F. Goodrich for “boots made of rubber and fabric," claiming use of the name since June 1923. No longer a registered trademark.