shocker

noun
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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So here's the shocker: minimum wage is a women's issue and an economic justice issue. Teen Vogue, "Pramila Jayapal and Ayanna Pressley: Raising The Minimum Wage Is A Women's Issue," 18 July 2019 That shocker, married with the stress of the state of politics here, the climate disaster, plus a personal mental health crisis, forced me to start taking self-care seriously. Sarah Raphael, refinery29.com, "I Tried Every Self-Care Tip On The Internet – Here's What I Learned," 23 July 2019 There was a clear inkling in the lead-up to the draft that Bol could be in for a precipitous fall, but watching him slip all the way into the middle of the second round was still a bit of a shocker. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "10 NBA Draft Thoughts: Bol Bol's Big Fall, Value Picks, and What to Expect in the Future," 21 June 2019 The shocker, announced midway through this week’s exhibition, helped Boeing turn around a gloomy mood in Paris and instill confidence in the 737 Max, which has been grounded since March after two fatal crashes. Time, "Airbus Vows to Fight Boeing for a Massive Jet Order," 20 June 2019 But finding out which three couples made it to next week's finals was a bit of a shocker. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "Tonya Harding cries, and there's a 'Dancing With the Stars' surprise," 15 May 2018 But the real shocker is that Homestead’s featherlight and deliciously crispy brown butter waffles with housemade walnut butter are gluten-free. San Diego Union-Tribune, "We hate brunch. But we love these 10 brunch spots," 8 Aug. 2019 And there's one major shocker in the final episode that, while profoundly effective today, might not have been well-received in that lost era of comfort TV. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "No marshmallows here: Veronica Mars season 4 pulls no punches," 31 July 2019 But there’s been lots of guys since then, and some shockers. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Jesse Eisenberg on the “aspirational and also absurd” manliness in his new movie," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of shocker

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

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shocker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shocker

informal : something that shocks people

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