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Definition of zigzag verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

zigzag

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈzɪɡzæɡ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɪɡzæɡ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they zigzag
BrE BrE//ˈzɪɡzæɡ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɪɡzæɡ//
 
he / she / it zigzags
BrE BrE//ˈzɪɡzæɡz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɪɡzæɡz//
 
past simple zigzagged
BrE BrE//ˈzɪɡzæɡd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɪɡzæɡd//
 
past participle zigzagged
BrE BrE//ˈzɪɡzæɡd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɪɡzæɡd//
 
-ing form zigzagging
BrE BrE//ˈzɪɡzæɡɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɪɡzæɡɪŋ//
 
 
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(zigzagging, zigzagged) [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move forward by making sharp sudden turns first to the left and then to the right The narrow path zigzags up the cliff. Word Origin early 18th cent.: from French, from German Zickzack, symbolic of alternation of direction, first applied to fortifications.

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