zap (3)

This page is about the slang term zap (3)

American English


to control an appliance like a TV with a hand-held device

For example

  • People are getting lazy because they don't have to get up to change the TV channel or turn on the air-conditioner. They can just zap them instead.

  • Why are we watching the ads? Gimme the zapper and I'll zap 'em.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If you can change the TV channel by zapping, you can do it

a. without thinking

b. without watching

c. without getting up
a) without thinking b) without watching c) without getting up

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Contributor: Matt Errey