Definition of shocker in English:



  • 1Something that shocks, especially through being unacceptable or sensational.

    ‘the play's penultimate sequence is a shocker’
    • ‘The idea that drugs designed to fight depression and prevent suicide could potentially make things worse for some kids was a shocker.’
    • ‘Relying entirely on shock value is the forte of the non-genius filmmaker; making effective shockers, but hardly making the audience anxious.’
    • ‘It was the shocker of the 1998 Salzburg Festival.’
    • ‘Even occasional linguistic shockers don't quite wake it up.’
    • ‘Should an organisation like this not be subject to some parliamentary scrutiny and government control, with a track record including this and other shockers of decisions costing us money?’
    • ‘The real shocker was that naproxen also appeared to pose a problem.’
    • ‘There's some shockers for sure, but good stuff to be found by the persistent.’
    • ‘And here's the shocker: I'm taking the abstinence route with her.’
    • ‘While most understood that owning a stock means that you own a piece of the company, here was the real shocker: Almost half of the respondents believed that stocks are insured against losses!’
    • ‘Last week's revised gross domestic product figures for the first quarter were a shocker, showing growth down from 2.7% to 2.1%.’
    • ‘Let's be honest: most of us have bought some real shockers just because they were a bargain.’
    • ‘At the other end of the spectrum, there are some shockers, horrors and a couple of real nightmares.’
    • ‘We had a predictably halting start, but there were no shockers or disasters.’
    • ‘Anyway I've got a shocker of a cold and I need to get stuff done (like getting rid of the shocking cold!’
    • ‘He had a shocker of a game and I had to watch my tongue for fear of saying something I might later regret!’
    • ‘It is a nightmare thriller, a low-rent shocker and a time-travelling romance all rolled into one, and at times the disparate elements do not make for the most comfortable or coherent mixture.’
    • ‘And let me tell you people, there are some shockers out there.’
    • ‘The shocker, however, was the big jump in problem loans from a bank with ‘a squeaky clean reputation for managing credit risk.’’
    • ‘The solutions to the few mysteries in it are not big shockers.’
    • ‘This is a shocker - the 7-2 favorite, Miss Norway, didn't make the finals.’
    • ‘This is one of those movies where the third act feels like the second act, because the shocker in the third act isn't shocking enough to be interesting without further exploration.’
    1. 1.1 A person who behaves badly or acts in a sensational manner.
      ‘I was a shocker when I was younger’
      • ‘If you want to see the absolute shockers that we share this beautiful country with then you cannot ignore it.’
      • ‘These shockers should have thought of that before they bombed us, shouldn't they?’
      • ‘For this is no platform for young British shockers; its focus is Rubens, the artist who defined the northern baroque and who, more than any other, epitomises the idea of the old master.’
      • ‘These are people that are free like you and me, but that is never enough for such shockers.’
  • 2British A shock absorber.

    ‘incorrect loading results in overloaded tyres and shockers’
    shock, bolt from of the blue, bolt out of the blue, thunderbolt, bombshell, revelation, source of amazement, rude awakening, eye-opener
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