Definition of zinger in English:


Syllabification: zing·er
Pronunciation: /ˈziNGər


informal , chiefly North American
  • 1A striking or amusing remark: open a speech with a zinger
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    • Heckart, as Baker, unexpectedly storms into Don's apartment like a tornado, approaching every flaw of Don's apartment with a zinger or guilt-inducing remark.
    • Stripping aside the zingers and hyperbole, you get a fairly clear picture of the respective strategies for the summer campaign.
    • Small forward Sheri Sam had a zinger for every media question asked.
    witticism, quip, joke; criticism, dig, poke
  • 1.1An outstanding person or thing: a zinger of a shot
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    • In my experience of photographing people, shots one to four can invariably be junked, shot five often has some comedic value, but shot six is usually a zinger.
    • The band knew what they were doing by recording an album with more soaring, soulful and dramatic songs than short, instant-single zingers.
    • And I wish I could say that I found it to be a real zinger.

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