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.

1950–55; zing + -er1

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zinger definition

  1. n.
    something nice or fine. : 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 by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
It's not much of a zinger, but the crowd claps and laughs.
But you have to admit, that was a pretty good zinger.
He'd ask a reverent question, she'd laser him a suspicious look, waiting for
  the zinger.
Some presenters say they dread asking for queries at the end of a meeting,
  worried that a zinger is in the wings.
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