zinger

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web That shudder of pleasure from shooting off a perfectly snide zinger. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1420: Singing on the job," 21 Jan. 2021 And yet, with every zinger, Olson also reminded the audience of the all-too-human emotions behind her character’s actions. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Theater Best of 2020: Leading Actress, Drama," 18 Dec. 2020 It’s that unexpected color, that fuchsia that comes out of nowhere, that’s your zinger. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The right color pop can make big impact for small price," 4 Sep. 2020 It’s that unexpected color, that fuchsia that comes out of nowhere, that’s your zinger. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The right color pop can make big impact for small price," 4 Sep. 2020 It’s that unexpected color, that fuchsia that comes out of nowhere, that’s your zinger. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The right color pop can make big impact for small price," 4 Sep. 2020 Chuckles from members of the band rang out when the Yell Leaders shared a zinger about how Vanderbilt, a 30-point underdog, was sure to lose on Saturday. Kristie Rieken, Star Tribune, "COVID-19 forces Texas A&M to keep fans out of Midnight Yell," 26 Sep. 2020 Now for the real punchline: Rachel's zinger still has Friends fans scratching their heads twenty-three years later. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Friends writers reveal what Rachel's 'it IS a big deal' joke was REALLY about," 25 Sep. 2020 It’s that unexpected color, that fuchsia that comes out of nowhere, that’s your zinger. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The right color pop can make big impact for small price," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of zinger

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Feb 2021

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“Zinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinger. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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zinger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zinger

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

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