zapper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

zap +‎ -er

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Noun[edit]

zapper (plural zappers)

  1. (colloquial) A remote control for a television.
    The news is starting on the other channel; hand me the zapper.
  2. A device that electrocutes ("zaps") with a high voltage, e.g. a bug zapper.
  3. (figuratively, by extension) Anything that exterminates.
    • 1989, Microtimes (volume 6, page 140)
      If games are your life, the choice of a joystick is desperately important. Casual alien-zappers can get by with the cheapest generic Taiwanese clone-stick []
    • 2009, Jeffrey Bernstein, Liking the Child You Love
      You are going to go from being a toxic-thought overreactor to a toxic-thought zapper.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English zap

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Verb[edit]

zapper

  1. to channel-hop, channel surf
  2. (figuratively) to dither, change one's opinion rapidly, vacillate
  3. to skip over

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