[ zing-er ]
/ ˈzɪŋ ər /

noun Informal.

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.

Nearby words

  1. zineb,
  2. zinfandel,
  3. zing,
  4. zingara,
  5. zingaro,
  6. zingiberaceous,
  7. zingy,
  8. zinjanthropus,
  9. zinkenite,
  10. zinn's membrane

Origin of zinger

First recorded in 1950–55; zing + -er1

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Word Origin and History for zinger



"cruel quip," 1970, from zing + -er (1). Earlier it was baseball slang for "fastball" (by 1957).

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