deadpan


1dead·pan

adjective \ˈded-ˌpan\

: showing no feeling or emotion

Full Definition of DEADPAN

:  marked by an impassive matter-of-fact manner, style, or expression <a deadpan comedy>
deadpan adverb

Examples of DEADPAN

  1. <he delivered the joke in such a deadpan voice that we thought at first that he was serious>

First Known Use of DEADPAN

circa 1928

2deadpan

noun

: a way of saying funny things without showing any feeling or emotion

Full Definition of DEADPAN

1
:  a completely expressionless face
2
:  a deadpan manner of behavior or presentation

Examples of DEADPAN

  1. He tells the joke in his best deadpan.
  2. She's a master of deadpan.

First Known Use of DEADPAN

circa 1930

3deadpan

verb

: to say (something funny) in a way that shows no feeling or emotion

Full Definition of DEADPAN

transitive verb
:  to express in a deadpan manner
dead·pan·ner noun

Examples of DEADPAN

  1. I went back to doing push-ups again, and this time I almost completed one, he deadpanned.

First Known Use of DEADPAN

circa 1942

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