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slapstick

play
noun slap·stick \ˈslap-ˌstik\

Simple Definition of slapstick

  • : comedy that involves physical action (such as falling down or hitting people)

Full Definition of slapstick

  1. 1 :  a device made of two flat pieces of wood fastened at one end so as to make a loud noise when used by an actor to strike a person

  2. 2 :  comedy stressing farce and horseplay; also :  activity resembling slapstick

slapstick adjective
slap·sticky play \-ˌsti-kē\ adjective

Examples of slapstick

  1. <an actor whose roles range from slapstick to serious drama>

  2. <a lowbrow comedy that relies heavily on slapstick for its laughs>



1896

First Known Use of slapstick

1896

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