zinger

 A quick and sharp response or retort.
 ► “Mr. Moyers’ moralizing has sometimes given him a sanctimonious air, but surprisingly, now that he has his own bully pulpit, it’s rarely in sight. Instead, he has sent sharp, crisp zingers flying in all directions.” (Wall Street Journal, March 13, 1995, p. A12)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • zinger — (n.) cruel quip, 1970, from ZING (Cf. zing) + ER (Cf. er) (1). Earlier it was baseball slang for fastball (by 1957) …   Etymology dictionary

  • zinger — [ziŋ′ər] n. 1. Slang a clever, witty remark or rejoinder 2. a sharp, caustic, usually critical remark …   English World dictionary

  • zinger — 1. n. something nice or fine. □ That set of wheels is a real zinger. □ What a zinger of a hat! 2. n. a stinging remark. □ She got off another zinger at her brother. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • zinger — [[t]zɪ̱ŋə(r)[/t]] zingers N COUNT A zinger is a witty remark, or something that is lively, interesting, amusing, or impressive. [AM, INFORMAL] ...a zinger, a one liner that was just too good to pass up... I thought it looked like a zinger …   English dictionary

  • zinger — UK [ˈzɪŋə(r)] / US [ˈzɪŋər] noun [countable] Word forms zinger : singular zinger plural zingers mainly American informal 1) a quick and clever remark that makes someone who you are arguing with feel embarrassed a real zinger of a reply 2) a… …   English dictionary

  • zinger — noun a) Something that zings. The pitcher threw a real zinger and struck him out. b) A very rapidly moving object, especially one that is thrown. My little niece let fly with the zinger that my sister was pregnant again. Syn: one liner, snappy… …   Wiktionary

  • zinger — /zing euhr/, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • zinger — n Something that gets your attention; a sharp punch line. Aunt Mavis can always come up with a zinger for anything you say. 1950s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • zinger — strong statement, sarcastic words, get off a few good ones    Randi says kind things, except for the occasional zinger. Like today, she called Tom a beast …   English idioms

  • zinger — /ˈzɪŋə/ (say zinguh) noun Colloquial something spectacular: her performance was a real zinger …   Australian English dictionary

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