shock·​er | \ˈshä-kər \

Definition of shocker 

: one that shocks especially : something horrifying or offensive (such as a sensational film or work of fiction)

Examples of shocker in a Sentence

The ending of the movie is a real shocker. Their divorce was a shocker.

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This can be due to dry eye (shocker, right?) or an inflammatory condition like iritis, Dr. Maszczak says. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Signs You’re Way Overdue for an Eye Exam," 25 Oct. 2018 Monday’s shocker will increase pressure on the company to hit estimates in coming quarters. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Fashion Emergency at Stitch Fix," 1 Oct. 2018 Well, here’s a shocker: This heme comes from soy leghemoglobin and contains more iron than that found in the heme of a similar serving of red meat. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "PETA roasts Impossible Burger for rat tests, suggests patties cause cancer," 11 Aug. 2018 The former campaign chairman for Trump is currently on trial for—shocker—charges relating to bank fraud and tax evasion. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Spending Excessive Amounts of Money on Clothes Is No Longer Fashionable, Just Ask Paul Manafort," 2 Aug. 2018 The usually calm and controlled Messi has a shocker throughout the game, and took out his frustration on Croatian player Ivan Strinic, after a collision between the two players., "Football Fans React to 'Furious' Lionel Messi Reaction in 3-0 World Cup Loss to Croatia," 22 June 2018 And, shocker – fashion capitals London, Paris, and Milan all made the list, too. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "These Are The Best Cities In The World For Shopping," 2 Feb. 2016 How the party loyalists and independents come down will determine whether the race ends as an underwhelming Republican performance or a Democratic shocker that would reshape Congress even before November's elections. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Everything you need to know about Tuesday's Arizona special election for Congress," 22 Apr. 2018 Can El Tri pull off a shocker against the reigning World Cup champions? USA TODAY, "FIFA World Cup: Schedule, TV time and storylines for Sunday, June 17," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of shocker

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shocker

: something that shocks people

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