zap etymology

English word zap comes from English bass, English drum, English putt-putt, and later English bass drum (A large drum with a low pitch.)

Detailed word origin of zap

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
bass English (eng) (musical instrument) An instrument that plays in the bass range, in particular a double bass, bass guitar, electric bass or bass synthesiser.. A low spectrum of sound tones.. A male singer who sings in the bass range.. A section of musical group that produces low-pitched sound, lower than the baritone and tenor.. The clef sign that indicates that the pitch of the notes is below middle C; a [...]
drum English (eng) (ambitransitive) To beat with a rapid succession of strokes.. (intransitive) To beat a drum.. (transitive) To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization.. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc.; used with for.. To throb, as the heart. (AU, _, slang) A tip, a piece of information.. (architecture) Any of the cylindrical [...]
putt-putt English (eng) (golf) An informal form of golf, played with a putter on a short course featuring novelty obstacles.
bass drum English (eng) A large drum with a low pitch.
onomatopoeic English (eng) Having the property of onomatopoeia.. Of or relating to onomatopoeia.
zap English (eng) Representing the sound or action of a zap. (colloquial) A sound made by a sudden release of electricity or some similar energy.. (colloquial) An electric shock.. A raucous public demonstration designed to embarrass a public figure or celebrity as a form of political activism. To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.. To delete or discard (electronic media).. To [...]

Words with the same origin as zap

Descendants of bass
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