noun slap·stick \ˈslap-ˌstik\

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

Full Definition of SLAPSTICK

:  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
:  comedy stressing farce and horseplay; also :  activity resembling slapstick
slapstick adjective
slap·sticky \-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>

First Known Use of SLAPSTICK


Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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