zap·​per | \ ˈza-pər How to pronounce zapper (audio) \

Definition of zapper

: one that zaps: such as
a : an electronic device designed to attract and kill insects
b : a person who habitually changes channels (as to avoid commercials)
c : a remote control device used for zapping

Examples of zapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hang this zapper on a hook or stow it in a corner; the dead insects are easily cleaned and removed with the bottom tray. Popular Science, "Indoor bug zappers that keep mosquitoes away without the stink," 7 Nov. 2019 Franc zapper | Switzerland is in danger of being labeled a currency manipulator after U.S. officials put it back onto a shortlist for that designation last month. Jenny Leonard,, "Trump Is Still Studying Ways to Crack Down on Chinese Stocks," 6 Feb. 2020 Researchers say that electric bug zappers are not particularly effective in killing mosquitoes, and end up killing other beneficial bugs. Robert Mccoppin,, "Last year, 176 cases of West Nile virus were reported in Illinois. This year, there have only been 2. Here’s why.," 27 Aug. 2019 Folks in Alaska spend a lot of money on mosquito zappers. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of zapping Alaska’s mosquitoes, build a birdhouse," 6 June 2019 Zhang says a key hurdle will be persuading companies to develop the unconventional UV zappers needed for widespread use. Mark Peplow, Scientific American, "Reprintable Paper Offers Sustainable Alternative to the Printed Word," 1 June 2017 But while topicals have their place, years of interviewing skincare experts, polling readers, and test-driving zit-zappers has lead me to realize acne is best treated from the inside out. Elizabeth Dehn, Marie Claire, "Got Acne? Try Apple Cider Vinegar.," 14 Feb. 2015 The sounds resemble that of a bug zapper at a Fourth of July picnic. 12:23 p.m. (Q2, 2:49) — Illinois turned the interception into a short field goal to take a 13-10 lead. Scott Dochterman, ajc, "Iowa-Illinois: Recap, score, analysis for Week 6 game," 7 Oct. 2017 His neighbor even brought over an electric rat zapper trap. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "A downside to D.C.’s population growth? The growing number of rats.," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of zapper

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Zapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of zapper

: an electronic device that attracts and kills insects

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