Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “zigzag”

See all translations

zigzag

noun [C] uk   /ˈzɪɡ.zæɡ/ us  

zigzag noun [C] (LINE)

a line or pattern that looks like a Z or a row of Zs joined together: a zigzag path/road/coastline a fabric with a zigzag pattern The children ran in zigzags around the playground until they were exhausted.

zigzag noun [C] (CHANGE)

a situation in which actions, plans, or ideas change suddenly and completely, and then change back again equally suddenly: The Washington Post complained of "two weeks of policy zigzags". The country seems to have been following a zigzag course between democracy and dictatorship.

zigzag

verb [I] uk   /ˈzɪɡ.zæɡ/ (-gg-) us  

zigzag verb [I] (MAKE SHAPE)

( also zig and zag) to make a movement or shape like a zigzag: The road zigzags along a rocky coastline.

zigzag verb [I] (CHANGE)

to change suddenly and completely, and then change back again equally suddenly: The market zigzagged during the day but finished higher in the afternoon.
Translations of “zigzag”
in Korean 지그재그…
in Arabic خَط مُتَعَرِّج…
in French zigzag…
in Turkish zikzak…
in Italian zig-zag…
in Chinese (Traditional) 線條, 鋸齒形線條, 之字形…
in Russian зигзаг…
in Polish zygzak…
in Spanish zigzag…
in Portuguese ziguezague…
in German Zickzack-……
in Catalan ziga-zaga…
in Japanese ジグザグ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 线条, 锯齿形线条, 之字形…
(Definition of zigzag from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of zigzag?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “zigzag” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be in/out of luck

to be able/unable to have or do what you want

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More