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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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 As our antagonists spar over their place on the totem pole of privilege and oppression, Emilie gets in a good zinger about how many theater companies are run by gay white men. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Review: Nearly Naked Theatre's 'The Submission' is how NOT to add to the diversity debate," 3 July 2018 Three of late-night's most durable hosts took part in a rare collaboration after President Donald Trump hurled a few verbal zingers at the wee-hours crowd at a rally Monday night in South Carolina. Brian Steinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Conan, Colbert, Fallon collude in late-night response to Trump," 27 June 2018 Credit: Little, Brown/Knopf The President Is Missing is a can’t-miss zinger of a title for a summer thriller. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "'The President Is Missing'! Can superhero prez save the day in Clinton/Patterson thriller?," 3 June 2018 The museum’s chief curator, Ms. Joy brings out political zingers, possible social commentary, and cultural references in her labels. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Unexpected Smiles: Seven Types of Humor in Japanese Paintings’ Review: Elegance That Encourages Laughter," 2 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

: a quick and clever comment that criticizes or insults someone

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obstinately defiant of authority

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