From Middle English zed, zedde, zede, from Old French zede, from Late Latin zeta, from Ancient Greek ζῆτα (zêta). Letter had rare nonstandard usage in Old English, such as in bezt, where it represented "ts" (compare the German pronunciation of Z). For the sleep sense, see zzz. The zombie sense comes from the initial letter.
zed (plural zeds) (chiefly Commonwealth)
- The name of the Latin-script letter Z.
- Something Z-shaped. Found in compounds.
- (colloquial, usually in the plural) Sleep.
- (slang) A zombie.
zed (third-person singular simple present zeds, present participle zedding, simple past and past participle zedded) (chiefly Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, South Africa)
- (intransitive, informal) To sleep or nap. (Compare zzz, catch some z's.)
- (intransitive, rare) To zigzag; to move with sharp alternating turns.