zap·​per ˈza-pər How to pronounce zapper (audio)
: one that zaps: such as
: an electronic device designed to attract and kill insects
: a person who habitually changes channels (as to avoid commercials)
: a remote control device used for zapping

Examples of zapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bug zappers are one of the favorite products of fraudulent seller farms. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2024 One bug zapper had hundreds of reviews, but most were written about a capacitor motor fan; another bug zapper listing had reviews of pens and paper goods. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2024 Portable and rechargeable, mosquitos and black flies don’t stand a chance against these easy-to-use zappers. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Mar. 2024 An unapproved fly zapper was seen in the kitchen, according to the report. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 17 Feb. 2024 Once the insect is nearby, the traps kill or contain the mosquito through different methods: a zapper, sticky trap, or a vacuum. Kate Oczypok, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2023 However, zappers lack selectivity, electrocuting mosquitoes, butterflies and fingers alike, Buddiga said. Sydney Maki, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 On the side of technology, electric bug zappers offer another solution for buzzing pests. Sydney Maki, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Some zapper traps are designed to hang, while others are placed on the floor. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zapper was in 1969

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“Zapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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