zinger [ zing-er ]
1. a quick, witty, or pointed remark or retort: During the debate she made a couple of zingers that deflated the opposition.
2. a surprise, shock, or piece of electrifying news: The president's resignation was a real zinger.
3. a person or thing that has vitality or animation or produces startling results.
WORDS RELATED TO ZINGER
assault, injury, attack, innuendo, accusation, put-down, smear, quip, one-liner, witticism, gag, prank, clowning, joke, wisecrack, blow, bat, shot, punch, swing
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Origin: First recorded in 1950–55; zing + -er
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR ZINGER
Romney must have been anticipating the sentimental gesture, though, because it prompted his first zinger of the night.
WATCH VIDEO: BEST MOMENTS FROM THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE|JAKE HELLER, BEN TEITELBAUM|OCTOBER 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The zinger that never came was: “What other insider trading do you suspect David Sokol might have done?”
BUFFETT'S DAMAGE CONTROL|ALLAN DODDS FRANK|MAY 1, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Naturally, Kimmel used the opportunity to fire off a zinger about Leno's refusing to give up his show to O'Brien.
COMEDIANS LAUGH AS LENO SINKS|GINA PICCALO|OCTOBER 24, 2010|DAILY BEAST
She chuckles to herself, the way she frequently does after spitting out a zinger; a kind of personal touché.
THE REAL JOAN RIVERS|NICOLE LAPORTE|JANUARY 26, 2010|DAILY BEAST
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