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.
Recent Examples on the Web Possibly the biggest shocker of the 2020 lineup was a reunion set by Fiery Furnaces, the quirky, theatrical art-rock duo with roots in the Chicago suburbs. Justin Curto, Vulture, 14 Sep. 2021 The Lions drop to 0-1 to start the season, shocker. Andrew Hammond, Detroit Free Press, 12 Sep. 2021 It's been almost three years since Ohio State's last loss to a Big Ten opponent, a 49-20 shocker against Purdue on Oct. 20, 2018, and it's been a decade since the Buckeyes' last season with more than one loss in conference play. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2021 The high-modernist period should have yielded a Dracula shocker, but film, opera’s upstart rival, took possession of the genre. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 It was forced to move its opener against Oklahoma to Norman last week and came close to pulling off a shocker, losing 40-35. Charles Hollis, al, 10 Sep. 2021 An aspiring electrician, the Diamondbacks left-hander delivered a shocker for the history books Saturday night. David Brandt, ajc, 15 Aug. 2021 In a major shocker for CW's new Charmed show that also serves as an unnerving mirror to the original, history is repeating itself. Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, 11 Aug. 2021 Many of the blockbuster deals, including Tuesday's shocker that sent goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from Vegas to Chicago, saw one team unloading a pricey contract for a less expensive return. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021

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First Known Use of shocker

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Shocker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shocker. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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shocker

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English Language Learners Definition of shocker

: something that shocks people

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