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noun Informal.
  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.
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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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