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 An alternative to a traditional zapper is the DynaTrap Ultralight, which uses a motor and fan instead of an electrical current to do the deed. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 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, 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,, 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,, 27 Aug. 2019 Folks in Alaska spend a lot of money on mosquito zappers. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 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, 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, 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, 7 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of zapper

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Zapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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