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zee - (n.) 1. The final reason after you've answered an inordinate set of "why's" 2. the reason given when no reason is given.

e.g., 1. "Go faster, Daddy!" "Can't, sweety: the speed limit's 20 here." "Why?" "'Cuz the sign says so." "Why?" "'Cuz it's a school zone." "Why?" "'Cuz there's kids walking home from school." "Why?" "Because the city council wants us to drive slow enough to be able to stop for kids crossing the street." "Why?" "Because we don't want to hit anyone with a car and kill them." "Why?" "Because." "Why?" "...Zee, okay?" | "Why does the Lieutenant want us to paint these rocks white, Sarge?" "Zee, Private, Zee."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

zeeing - To zee is to sleep. "Zeeing" is the gerund form.

e.g., 1. You're looking for George? Oh, he's off zeeing at his desk. Fell asleep while working on his term paper, y'know. 2. To zee or not to zee, that is the question -- I have a final tomorrow and I need to cram.

submitted by Kesti

zeglit - A long thin braid or tail worn at the back of a man or boy's neck, when the rest of his hair is cut short.

e.g., Check out Chris's long zeglit. It is so 80s.

submitted by Kimmy Bingham

zeke - A zeke (alternative spelling: zeek) is a "geek" to the degree of "z." She is someone who is completely out of touch with rules of social behavior, with cultural norms and trends, and with all developments related to fashion and grooming. A "zeke" is a very uncool person, a "zero." A nada, a nothing. From slang for the WWII era Japanese fighter plane, the "Zero."

e.g., The professor is a real zeke. He's worn the same bowtie since 1955 . . . which was about the last time he saw a movie or had a shower.

submitted by David DeSmith

zeltonik - One who, no matter how sad she is, can get an abrupt sense of total happiness, peace, calmness, and tranquility. Used only in the singular. Zeltonic is what you can take to make you zeltonik.

e.g., I had the worst day ever; nothing went the way I wanted it to -- but, as a zeltonik, I know I'll feel much better soon. Maybe tomorrow.

submitted by Deliou Seluna Coloti - (www)

zemanakal - Awesome. Also see gnarlical, sick, rad, and gnarly.

e.g., Tommy Z was zemanakal. His kickflip back tail on that hubba was zemanakal.

submitted by Herb

zemblanity - orarian at Wordnik: "The opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky, and unexpected discoveries by design; the inexorable discovery of what we don't what to know. Word derived from Zembla, a barren, frigid Artic island -- Nova Zembla -- the site of a nuclear facility now used for testing non-nuclear explosives.
-Peter Bowler May 5, 2008 |  
 
Armadillo, by William Boyd, 1998: "So what is the opposite of Serendip, a southern land of spice and warmth, lush greenery and hummingbirds, seawashed, sunbasted? Think of another world in the far north, barren, icebound, cold, a world of flint and stone. Call it Zembla. Ergo: zemblanity, the opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky and expected discoveries by design. Serendipity and zemblanity: the twin poles of the axis around which we revolve."  
 
Robert K Merton and Elinor Barber in the masterpiece on the subject, The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity (2004): “Serendipity’s initial unique and compendious meaning of a particular kind of complex phenomenon – the ‘discovery of things unsought’ or the experience of ‘looking for one thing and finding another’– becomes ever more eroded as it becomes ever more popular. Ultimately the word becomes so variously employed in various socio-cultural strata as to become virtually vacuous. For many, the very sound of serendipity rather than its metaphorical etymology takes hold so that at the extreme it is taken to mean little more than a Disneylike expression of pleasure, good feeling, or happiness. No longer a niche-word filling a semantic gap, the vogue word became a vague word.”  
 
Wikipedia/Serendipity: "One aspect of Walpole's original definition of serendipity, often missed in modern discussions of the word, is the need for an individual to be 'sagacious' enough to link together apparently innocuous facts in order to come to a valuable conclusion."

e.g., "When Serendipity becomes Zemblanity," by Richard Boyle: "Although zemblanity doesn’t have the style or even perhaps the necessity of serendipity, there are aspects of the association of the two words that provide food for thought. For instance, what if Zembla was not a separate island but an opposite aspect of Serendib, that zemblanity was an incompatible but nevertheless equally essential and indispensable part of serendipity?  
 
"In Sri Lanka, such an intertwining has appeared in the past 30 years. Serendipity and zemblanity have both been present, inseparably tied. Yet while guidebooks and such-like have waffled on about serendipity in a meaningless fashion, many downplayed the zemblanity that has hovered, ready to catch even the ultra-wary in its grasp. The question is: what will happen to zemblanity now?" |  
 
Examples from Wordnik:

submitted by HD Fowler

zen - (v.) to accomplish something by not thinking about it; to let something "happen" without trying to force it.

e.g., The other day, I rolled a perfect 3000 on the Wii's 100-pin bowling game. I was explaining Marbury v. Madison to my brother on the phone and just sort of zenned the game while I was focused on the phone.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

zenan - Someone way out there beyond the stratosphere; lives in a different world; never gets a joke the first time around.

e.g., Never mind Chris. He's zenan. Doesn't get anything . . . ever.

submitted by Joao Filipe - (www)

zenana - (n.) 1. A party (i.e., a fiesta) to which only women are generally invited (baby showers, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and the like). 2. A party (i.e., group) of women (NOW, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the suffragettes of the early 20th Century, etc.). 3. Anything belonging to or concerning a woman or group of women (e.g., her boudoir, her DVD collection, her car, her closet, female medical issues, the role (assigned or assumed) of women in any particular culture, etc.)

e.g., “Alice, why is it that when men panic, women get calmer?” “Yes, it’s a zenana thing ... you wouldn’t understand it.”

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

zenbu - (n.) everything (literally (as in 'the whole of the Cosmos') or figuratively (as in 'how's everything?))

e.g., "Zenbu?" "Yep. This is everything. We're ready to go." | "You know, if you stare up into the stars long enough, you realize there's just too much zenbu."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

zeng - Good or excellent. From Wanye's World.

e.g., How was last night? Zeng.

submitted by Bill

zeno's paradox - To draw out something to make it last, as the tale whereby a runner proceeds half a distance infinitely, never reaching his destination.

e.g., The cheesecake was so good that she forced herself to Zeno's Paradox it.

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zenocrastiphobia - The unbased fear that someone out there is procrastinating better than you.

e.g., I tried to tell my psychologist about my Zenocrastiphobia, but he just told me he'd talk to me later.

submitted by John L Myers

zenophobia - A morbid fear of any kind of ancient oriental relaxation technique.

e.g., Dave was really stressed so he planned a session of sand-garden raking. When he got to the building, he was so terrified he wouldn't go in. Turns out he had Zenophobia.

submitted by L. Gillies

zentropic - The state of someone who has a shallow understanding of Zen, and uses it to excuse the fact that she does absolutely nothing, on the basis that she is in tune with the Tao.

e.g., Jim smokes marijuana every day, and he sits at home "contemplating the universe." He's so zentropic he hasn't left the house in months. | He fixed me with his best "calm pond" look, the zentropic bastard.

submitted by Ochre Orientis

zentropy - A measure of the disorder or randomness of all matter, energy, and thought in the face of intuition or meditation.

e.g., That last moment of waking thought just before falling asleep is a state of pure zentropy.

submitted by Christopher Kenton - (www)

zeppeled - To move like a zeppelin.

e.g., Barrison has zeppeled to his shop.

submitted by Matthew Colwell

zeppster - An avid or devout fan of the band Led Zeppelin.

e.g., Wally's a real zeppster.

submitted by Adam Pearson

zerbit - To blow a raspberry with your lips pressed against someone else's skin -- typically her stomach. The intention is to cause ticklish squirming. (Not my word, I believe this one has entered the vernacular but I noticed that it wasn't in your dictionary yet.) (ED. This may be a variation of The Cosby Show's "zerbert" -- pronounced "zrrbrrt.")

e.g., "Her zerbit was so forceful, I laughed so hard that I couldn't breathe." "He seemed unusually depressed but a good zerbit cheered him up instantly."

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