Definition of "zag" [zag]

  • One of a series of sharp turns or reversals: many zigs and zags in the mountain road; the zigs and zags of the stock market. (noun)
  • To turn or change direction suddenly. Usually used in contrast to zig: The runner zigged when he should have zagged. (verb-intransitive)
  • To behave erratically or indecisively. Usually used with zig: zigging and zagging for years over the question of disarmament. (verb-intransitive)
  • One in a sequence of sharp turns (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A sharp change of direction (noun)
  • To change direction sharply (verb)
  • To behave in an unpredictable or indecisive manner (verb)
  • In a changeable manner (adverb)

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Use "zag" in a sentence
  • "The chevron, or zig-zag, which is not always single, but often duplicated, triplicated, or quadrupled."
  • "Of the main characters, Tilda Swinton’s never quite makes that zag, which is a shame because she’s an incredible actor."
  • "The road is one big long zig-zag which is kinda fun-but probably not that fun for the bus driver!"