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 No one could have predicted the success of a show about three men trying to raise three girls ... with the wacky neighbor girl frequently popping in to deliver zingers. Andrea Barber, Good Housekeeping, "Andrea Barber Gets Real About Lori Loughlin, 'Full House' Secrets, and More in New Book," 15 Nov. 2019 Kristen Stewart, in particular, makes a private party out of every scrap of comic relief she’s given, scoring with an impressive percentage of her muttered asides and drive-by zingers. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Charlie’s Angels’ review: Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks update the tacky, sexualized ’70s series for 2019’s woke culture," 12 Nov. 2019 This is not about poking fun at Hitler and Nazi Germany, although there are plenty of zingers at their expense. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Jojo Rabbit walks a fine line between humor and heart," 21 Oct. 2019 The film gave us so many big screen gems—a ballroom scene, a royal plot line, tons of Violet Crawley zingers. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Another Downton Abbey Movie Is Reportedly in the Works—Here’s What We Know," 10 Oct. 2019 During Downton Abbey’s six seasons on the air, fans couldn’t get enough of the hilarious zingers Maggie Smith brought to each episode as Violet, the Dowager Countess. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "The stars of Downton Abbey share their favorite Dowager Countess zingers," 19 Sep. 2019 Alec Baldwin was in the hot seat on Saturday as the man of the hour for his Comedy Central roast, which included a series of zingers from none other than his daughter, Ireland Baldwin. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Ireland Baldwin Hilariously Grills Dad Alec with Joke About Mom Kim Basinger at Comedy Central Roast," 8 Sep. 2019 The end result is a deeply concentrated zinger of a sauce. oregonlive, "Bomb Sauce: A game-changing recipe that explodes with flavor," 4 Nov. 2019 Waititi is hilariously over the top as Imaginary Hitler, delivering the occasional scathing zinger. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Jojo Rabbit walks a fine line between humor and heart," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of zinger

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of zinger was in 1955

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12 Dec 2019

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“Zinger.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinger?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=z&file=zinger01. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of zinger

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

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