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a pimple; skin blemish.
Contemporary Examples

The Teen Choice Awards are like other awards shows—self-aggrandizing speeches, silly performances—but shorter and with zits.
9 Most Outrageous Moments from the Teen Choice Awards The Daily Beast Video August 10, 2009

Everyone was ugly, full of embarrassing hair, zits, glasses.
Wheels Is Dead: Remembering a Canadian Childhood Glynnis MacNicol February 29, 2012

Historical Examples

Krishna had his own little girl between his knees, with heart-shaped lips and thick matte concealer over her zits.
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Cory Doctorow

(slang) a pimple

“acne pimple,” 1966, originally U.S. teenager slang, of unknown origin.

zit (zĭt)
A pimple.


A minor skin lesion; a pimple; a blackhead: First Arnie’s zits mysteriously clear up
A mark left by a love-bite, a strong kiss, etc; hickey: She tried to conceal the big zit on her neck

[1966+ Teenagers; origin unknown; perhaps echoic of the squishy pop made when the pus is squeezed from a blackhead]


To set something on fire; ignite something

[1970s+ Army; fr Zippo, trademark of a cigarette lighter, probably fr the sound made as one turns the sparking wheel, and the speed with which the lighter ignites]


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