shock·​er | \ ˈshä-kər How to pronounce shocker (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Joe says: Four turnovers by the Bulldogs against Arkansas brought Mississippi State back down to reality after the season-opening shocker. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Alabama stepping into a ‘crazy train’; Multiple SEC upsets on tap," 8 Oct. 2020 The following year, with a roster that shrunk from 65 to 18, the Hawks won their final three games, including a shocker in October 2006 against parish rival Chalmette at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond. Jim Derry,, "Hannan 2020 football preview: Jake Dalmado, Wyatt Coffey back to lead Hawks," 30 Sep. 2020 So, yeah, the Giants were a shocker, and Kapler pulled the strings. John Shea,, "Will Giants’ Gabe Kapler get some manager-of-the-year love?," 30 Sep. 2020 The Ragin' Cajuns pulled off a shocker at Iowa State and landed in the Amway Coaches Poll for the first time Sunday. USA TODAY, "Bold predictions for Week 3 of the college football season," 18 Sep. 2020 There was a shocker at the end of the 55th ACM Awards, the first tie for entertainer of the year (or any major category, for that matter) in the show’s history. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett & All the Record-Setters at the ACM Awards," 16 Sep. 2020 For those horrified by sheer excess, the Mercedes-Benz 600SEL's vital statistics read like Stephen King's latest shocker. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL Delivers Unparalleled Excess," 16 Sep. 2020 The shocker this year was how to cope with 5G networks that were SLOWER than 4G networks in the same place. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T’s current 5G is slower than 4G in nearly every city tested by PCMag," 8 Sep. 2020 And in a slight shocker, the Saints opted to waive him. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Analyzing the Saints' first 53-man roster of the 2020 season: 3 undrafted rookies make the cut," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of shocker

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Shocker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shocker

informal : something that shocks people

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