zing·​er ˈziŋ-ər How to pronounce zinger (audio)
: something causing or meant to cause interest, surprise, or shock
: 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 But his best zinger was reserved for another competitor, namely the star of the day’s only other presentation. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2024 Renée Zellweger’s bag is a real zinger for spring, so keep scrolling to get your own from Amazon now. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 5 May 2024 His standup act has favored proudly inessential observations about driving, dating and air travel — workaday zingers to which citizens of all political stripes are equally vulnerable. Marc Tracy, New York Times, 4 May 2024 But before cutting things short, Burr managed to get a final zinger in at the expense of a woman yelling inarticulately from the balcony (seemingly in support). Chris Willman, Variety, 21 Mar. 2024 The album also exults in musical zingers, non sequiturs and startling off-grid eruptions. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 What began as a simple story about this group navigating their wacky community college as rapid-fire pop culture-referencing zingers flew eventually evolved into an anything-goes free-for-all all. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 6 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, some of the zingers that teachers shared in the comments section also focused on teacher attire. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2024 Kimmel also directed a zinger at Sen. Katie Britt for her State of the Union response, and with time to kill near the end, generated a roar from the audience with a response to former President Donald Trump’s social-media post criticizing him, which at least wasn’t unprovoked. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of zinger was in 1955

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“Zinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinger. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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