shocker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shocker a sensational message (in a film or play or novel)
    • n shocker a shockingly bad person
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shocker One who shocks; specifically, a bad character.
    • n shocker That which shocks; specifically, a vulgarly exciting tale or description. Compare penny dreadful, under dreadful, n.
    • n shocker A machine for shocking corn: same as ricker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shocker (coll.) a very sensational tale
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prof. Skeat explains M. E. schokken, to shock, as from O. Fr. choc, a shock, choquer, to give a shock—Old High Ger. scoc, a shock, shaking movement. Cf. A.S. scóc, pa.t. of sceacan, to shake.

Usage

In literature:

He laid down a gory yellow "shocker" without even feeling its incongruity enough to comment on it humorously.
"The Wisdom of Father Brown" by G. K. Chesterton
I have a grudge against you for mixing up the Coolin with a shilling shocker.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
Can't you and your friends see anything without springing at shilling-shocker conclusions?
"Other Things Being Equal" by Emma Wolf
I'm not such an ass as to thirst for revenge and all that, like some chap in a shilling shocker.
"The Riddle of the Sands" by Erskine Childers
It's more absurd than this shocker I've been readin'.
"Huntingtower" by John Buchan
Or, didst thou write, as some have done, a shocker, And sell it on the stalls of Mr. SMITH?
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, June 27, 1891" by Various
Then he asked how Tom Shocker happened to be on board.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
The kid in black leather let his breath go and swore, slipping his shocker into its holster.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
For the first time he noted the energon-ray shockers at the belts of the four Lhari.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
This coil may be used on any of the forms of shockers given.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
My faithful "Co." is employing his Easter holidays in reading "shockers.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, April 12, 1890" by Various
I'll tell you, that was a shocker.
"The Right Time" by Walter Bupp
I ran toward Rafe, struggling with him for the shocker he had drawn from its hiding-place inside his shirt.
"The Planet Savers" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Which brings us to the real shocker.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
The shocker was used in daylight at all six stations in the three years, 1957-'59.
"Fish Populations, Following a Drought, in the Neosho and Marais des Cygnes Rivers of Kansas" by James Everett Deacon
Sounds like a plot from a shilling shocker!
"The Road to Understanding" by Eleanor H. Porter
I didn't suppose anything like that ever happened outside of the ten-cent shockers.
"The City of Numbered Days" by Francis Lynde
Bank Restriction Note (Hone is said to have realised over L700 by the sale of this shocker), 28.
"George Cruikshank" by W. H. Chesson
Once again it reads like a shilling shocker; one is tempted, almost, to take the whole story as the figment of a super-excited brain.
"India Through the Ages" by Flora Annie Steel
You see it exemplified in every melodrama on the stage and in every shilling shocker.
"The City of Masks" by George Barr McCutcheon
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In news:

Cleanthony Early added 13 points and Carl Hall 12 for the Shockers (2-0), who beat VCU for the first time in three tries.
Michael Stagliano Sent Home in Elimination Shocker.
The LSU Tigers dropped a heartbreaker, on Saturday night, dropping a 70-69 decision, to the Wichita St Shockers, in a non-conference game that was played in Bossier City.
South Jersey Sex Scandal Shocker.
The Kentucky Wildcats pull off the shocker of the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling win over #1 Ohio State.
Former Wichita State Shocker Tommy Hottovy is now a Texas Ranger.
On a night when the Shockers didn't like their consistency of effort, this slice of action serves as an example of what they can do.
WSU's Carl Hall knows exactly what the Shockers missed in the second half.
The Shockers own six perfect games, most recently 17 of 17 last season at Creighton.
The New York Times magazine portraits are gorgeous, but it appears that President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is putting up the shocker .
Fructose a hidden sugar shocker .
Shocker 's Recent Photos and Stories.
The Willsboro Warriors pulled off the shocker of the early season, beating the Chazy Eagles 3-1 Sept 20.
Deep South Choppers Shocker Low Voltage.
Wow it was quite a shocker but for those of you who did not watch it yet I won't spoil the ending…I'll just say I was really surprised.
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In science:

However, the real shocker was still to come.
The world according to the Hubble Space Telescope
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