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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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 That means figuring out a way to beat a team that just pulled off quite a shocker. Washington Post, "Loyola returns home for Sweet 16 prep as talk of Chicago," 20 Mar. 2018 That’s why the inevitable invention of glitter sunscreen shouldn’t exactly be a shocker. Deanna Pai, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glitter Sunscreen Is Sparkly and Fun—But Is It Ruining the Environment?," 26 June 2018 In one of the shockers of the offseason, all three of Clemson’s star defensive linemen passed up the NFL and returned to school. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how Louisville football could actually beat Clemson in 2018," 10 July 2018 Ocasio-Cortez’s victory might be a shocker for the clueless Democratic establishment and their jesters but not Sanders supporters. John Kass,, "It's a bad week to be a Democratic boss," 27 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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