shocker

[ shok-er ]
/ ˈʃɒk ər /

noun

a person or thing that shocks.
a sensational novel, play, etc.

Origin of shocker

First recorded in 1780–90; shock1 + -er1

Definition for shocker (2 of 2)

shock3
[ shok ]
/ ʃɒk /

noun

a thick, bushy mass, as of hair.
Also shock dog. a dog with long, shaggy hair.

adjective

shaggy, as hair.

Origin of shock

3
1810–20; special use of shock2, the hair being compared to a shock of wheat
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British Dictionary definitions for shocker (1 of 4)

shocker
/ (ˈʃɒkə) /

noun informal

a person or thing that shocks or horrifies
a sensational novel, film, or play

British Dictionary definitions for shocker (2 of 4)

shock1
/ (ʃɒk) /

verb

to experience or cause to experience extreme horror, disgust, surprise, etcthe atrocities shocked us; she shocks easily
to cause a state of shock in (a person)
to come or cause to come into violent contact; jar

noun

Derived forms of shock

shockable, adjectiveshockability, noun

Word Origin for shock

C16: from Old French choc, from choquier to make violent contact with, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German schoc

British Dictionary definitions for shocker (3 of 4)

shock2
/ (ʃɒk) /

noun

a number of sheaves set on end in a field to dry
a pile or stack of unthreshed corn

verb

(tr) to set up (sheaves) in shocks

Word Origin for shock

C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schok shock of corn, group of sixty

British Dictionary definitions for shocker (4 of 4)

shock3
/ (ʃɒk) /

noun

a thick bushy mass, esp of hair

adjective

rare bushy; shaggy

Word Origin for shock

C19: perhaps from shock ²
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Medicine definitions for shocker

shock
[ shŏk ]

n.

v.

To induce a state of physical shock in a person.
To subject a person to an electric shock.
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Science definitions for shocker

shock
[ shŏk ]

An instance of the passage of an electric current through the body. The amount of injury caused by electric shock depends on the type and strength of the current, the length of time the current is applied, and the route the current takes once it enters the body.
A life-threatening condition marked by a severe drop in blood pressure, resulting from serious injury or illness.
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Idioms and Phrases with shocker

shock

see culture shock.

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