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 The timing: Malzahn opened his weekly news conference with a zinger. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Gus Malzahn, thanks for the laughs," 11 Sep. 2019 Nearly all 10 candidates on stage in Houston for the third Democratic presidential debate went on the offensive and had a zinger that got people talking. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Kamala Harris calls Trump a 'small dude' and other moments from the Democratic debate," 13 Sep. 2019 But past debates tell us that a candidate’s debate performance—or just a zinger or two—can change these figures and the polls. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "These Are the Most Talked About Democratic Presidential Candidates," 12 Sep. 2019 While a crowd of 700 or so enjoyed the zingers, barbs and funny stories, there was a serious side to the night. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Mickey Redmond's roast was fun but earnest effort for Ken Daniels' foundation," 7 Sep. 2019 Spider-Man injected humor into the lofty proceedings of the Avengers: The webslinger has a zinger for every baddie. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "What the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Looks Like Without Spider-Man," 22 Aug. 2019 Representative Eric Swalwell lobbed a zinger at Biden from his spot at the outer edge of the stage. Jess Bidgood, BostonGlobe.com, "Candidates target Biden in second Democratic debate," 28 June 2019 Candidates had zingers ready, but their fire was not directed in all directions – and not necessarily just at front runner Joe Biden. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate featured frontrunners who battled each other, attacked Trump," 12 Sep. 2019 With a crew like that — along with broadcasters John Davidson, Doc Emrick and Jim Ralph, coach Mike Babcock, and comedian Ian Bagg — there are bound to be some Redmond stories that are zingers. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Mickey Redmond's roast was fun but earnest effort for Ken Daniels' foundation," 7 Sep. 2019

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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

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

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