from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A witty, often caustic remark.
  • n. Informal A sudden shock, revelation, or turn of events.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that zings.
  • n. A very rapidly moving object, especially one that is thrown.
  • n. A surprising or unusually pointed or telling remark.
  • n. An event that when experienced leaves the witness dazed, either physically or metaphorically.
  • n. An outstanding, energetic and surprising thing or person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a striking or amusing or caustic remark


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  • Relatively newbie Miggs makes it look easy with this zinger from the Deception trailer thread: Oooooo!


  • All I ask [here's the zinger] is that you send to my non-denominational non-profit organization, a love-faith offering to help cover the expense of mailing my cd to you.

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  • Going into the film knowing that, the zinger is less of a surprise when it happens.

    August 2004

  • (Our = my co-host Dan Snierson and our producer/editor extraordinaire, the czar of the subtitle zinger, Jason Averett.) Today's Latest Headlines

  • On the campaign trail, he had coined a zinger against rival Mitt Romney, saying President Barack Obama's health-care law was largely based on the policy Mr. Romney promoted as Massachusetts governor, and calling Mr. Romney's law "ObamneyCare."

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  • A zinger is the hair-raising, nerve jangling, eye crossing, insane jolt of electric zappage that can happen to the tender nerve of a tooth when using any kind of tooth whitening process.

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  • There are no quotable Dynamite moments - the nearest we get to a zinger is the rugby union result "Nottingham 25, Broughton Park 4, Nuneaton 26" - but the struggles of Towers and his co-presenter are strangely mesmeric.

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  • Unless you believe that this three-word zinger popped into the mind of every Toronto leftie through some kind of progressive mind meld, then what we are seeing is an orchestrated campaign to stick a label on Mr. Ford and his cost-cutting exercise.

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  • 'Stephanie accuses bartender Stacie of Heidi-Spencer home-wrecking, and wins the dogfight with this zinger, which is anything but cruelty-free: "You look like a dog, you're wearing fur." Breaking News

  • In June the zinger was his reference to laid off employees as "bloat."

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  • A word I randomly looked up to test out the new comments stuff.

    July 30, 2011

  • Zinger burgers are the sex :D

    September 14, 2009

  • BTW I've never heard this used in Australia.

    November 5, 2008

  • ...went the stringers!

    November 5, 2008