- a quick, witty, or pointed remark or retort: During the debate she made a couple of zingers that deflated the opposition.
- a surprise, shock, or piece of electrifying news: The president's resignation was a real zinger.
- a person or thing that has vitality or animation or produces startling results.
Origin of zinger
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Examples 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
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
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
October 24, 2010
She chuckles to herself, the way she frequently does after spitting out a zinger; a kind of personal touché.The Real Joan Rivers
January 26, 2010
Word Origin and History for zinger
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