zing·​er | \ ˈziŋ-ər \

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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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 Full of nutrients, however, the popular medicinal zinger can make for an energizing breakfast addition, with the fresh grass delivering a more tolerable taste than powders and other forms. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Unlike his predecessor, the NBA commissioner prefers pleasantries, equivocation and deliberate investigations to zingers, ultimatums and snap judgments. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Two Years After Durant’s Decision, Adam Silver Changes Tune on Superteam Warriors," 11 July 2018 Here's a compilation of some of the best Twitter zingers that Vernon liked on Sunday. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires recap: The best and worst of the indie festival in its 4th year," 8 July 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

: a quick and clever comment that criticizes or insults someone

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