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.

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Palestinian police dispersed the crowd with electric shockers and batons. Fox News, "Palestinian police break up West Bank rally over Gaza," 13 June 2018 The biggest shocker of the night occurred in the last few seconds of the episode, when Archie seemed to be unresponsive, a victim of a bear attack. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Best Twitter Reactions to Last Night's "Riverdale" Drama," 17 Jan. 2019 Here’s a shocker: adjusting a planet’s thermostat is tricky. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "Olympia," 20 Nov. 2017 In one shocker, Kris Kobach of Kansas, a Republican who won a presidential endorsement, lost the governor’s race to a Democratic woman, Laura Kelly, in a state Mr. Trump carried by 21 percentage points. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Trump Did What He Needed to Do in the Midterms," 6 Nov. 2018 In a finale shocker, Luyendyk Jr. called off the engagement with his winner, Kufrin, for a chance with runner-up Lauren Burnham. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Bachelor' Franchise Controversies: A Timeline of Bad Behavior and Scandal," 18 June 2018 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

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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

informal : something that shocks people

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