shock·​er ˈshä-kər How to pronounce shocker (audio)
: one that shocks
especially : something horrifying or offensive (such as a sensational film or work of fiction)

Example Sentences

The ending of the movie is a real shocker. Their divorce was a shocker.
Recent Examples on the Web And in a shocker, team owner Jim Irsay pulled Jeff Saturday from ESPN to serve as interim coach. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Dec. 2022 In a real shocker, the Scarecrow volunteered to unmask and let the other rivals progress. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 24 Nov. 2022 Juneau avoided an upset against a Bettye Davis East team that had taken them down to the wire in the regular season finale while Colony pulled off the biggest upset of the entire playoff weekend by getting revenge over Bartlett in a 46-33 shocker. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Oct. 2022 The Panthers, swept by the Lightning in a Round 2 shocker, have yet to make public whether Andrew Brunette will be retained. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 4 June 2022 This in and of itself isn't a shocker: Many studies have shown that people's walks are good identifiers. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2011 Festive and fun could describe the family's somewhat understated 2012 card, which featured the gang in happier times (before Lamar's drug shocker and Kris and Caitlyn's split) and kept the background and picture-perfect poses much simpler. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 23 Dec. 2022 Texas-Arlington did not trail, led by as many as 17 points and handed the Dons a 68-63 shocker. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Dec. 2022 The shocker prevented Dallas from securing a playoff spot, at least for now. Mark Long,, 18 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shocker was circa 1824

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“Shocker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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