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 In light of the recent Season 12 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kelly breaks down the Zodiac chart, illustrating it with the wine- and zinger-slinging Bravo stars. Topher Gauk-roger, PEOPLE.com, 17 May 2022 Written by its performers, and directed by Francesca Chilcote, the family-friendly romp boasts dialogue that’s peppered with puns, local in-jokes, Shakespeare allusions and at least one Bogart-Bacall zinger. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Situated at the base of Barron Mountain, Alpine Adventure’s winter zipline tour is a real vertigo-inducing zinger. Allison Tibaldi, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 Few people can deliver an icy zinger quite like Christine Baranski. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 21 Jan. 2022 The Doll comes in handy for scenes where Nadja is out of the house in some other plotline, but a Demetriou zinger is needed to punctuate a scene. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 30 Dec. 2021 In the characters’ first encounter since breaking up, also the opening scene of the novel, Sabrine doesn’t have a snappy zinger or retort when speaking to Lora, the vampire who broke her heart. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 26 Dec. 2021 And then comes a zinger that proves the author’s point. New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Over the course of an unparalleled 50-year career as a dominant figure in this community, Nelson Wolff has always been able to appreciate a good political zinger, even one that’s directed at him. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of zinger

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2022

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“Zinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinger. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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