zing·​er | \ ˈziŋ-ər How to pronounce zinger (audio) \

Definition of zinger

1 : something causing or meant to cause interest, surprise, or shock
2 : a pointed witty remark or retort

Examples of zinger in a Sentence

The candidate couldn't help getting off a zinger or two about his opponent.

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Tim Allen’s always got jokes, but this week’s Last Man Standing is packed with more zingers than ever. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Just Referenced One of Tim Allen's Most Iconic Roles," 4 Jan. 2019 Lolly Adefope plays her best friend and housemate Fran, a hair stylist that does everything with a bit of flair and plenty of cutting zingers. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Aidy Bryant's "Shrill" Is the Groundbreaking Show Letting a Fat Person Be the Hero," 15 Mar. 2019 And here's the zinger: Even if the House Dems move ahead with impeachment, says the Journal, there would never be a two-thirds Senate majority for conviction. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Critics say Trump doesn't care about losing the House. Really?," 1 Aug. 2018 That second paragraph showed up in a lot of screenshots Wednesday evening on media Twitter, even if Kosinski’s zinger didn’t really scan (what is Facebook’s $12 bag of peanuts, exactly?) and the second sentence isn’t even in dispute. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 On a typical sitcom, this joke might come from an elder on the periphery, exchanging zingers with his young co-stars. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "TV’s Senior Moment," 13 Nov. 2018 Excerpts of our conversation, zingers included, are republished here. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Ruth Finley, Keeper of New York Fashion Week’s Pink-Sheeted Calendar, Has Died," 27 Aug. 2018 From her opening skit in a new-and-improved Black Panther to her many zingers, Haddish stole the show with her comedic timing and charisma. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "Missed the MTV Movie & TV Awards? These Are the Moments You Need to Know About," 18 June 2018 Here's a look at a few of the best zingers of the night. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "George Clooney has moved on to dirty-diaper pranks, says wife Amal," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of zinger

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of zinger

US, informal : a quick and clever comment that criticizes or insults someone

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