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deadpan

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adjective dead·pan \ˈded-ˌpan\

Definition of deadpan

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

deadpan

adverb

Examples of deadpan in a sentence

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

Circa 1928

First Known Use of deadpan

circa 1928


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deadpan

noun dead·pan

Definition of deadpan

  1. 1 :  a completely expressionless face

  2. 2 :  a deadpan manner of behavior or presentation

Examples of deadpan in a sentence

  1. He tells the joke in his best deadpan.

  2. She's a master of deadpan.

Circa 1930

First Known Use of deadpan

circa 1930


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deadpan

verb dead·pan

Definition of deadpan

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to express in a deadpan manner

deadpanner

noun

Examples of deadpan in a sentence

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

Circa 1942

First Known Use of deadpan

circa 1942


DEADPAN Defined for English Language Learners

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deadpan

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adjective dead·pan \ˈded-ˌpan\

Definition of deadpan for English Language Learners

  • : showing no feeling or emotion


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deadpan

noun dead·pan

Definition of deadpan for English Language Learners

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


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deadpan

verb dead·pan

Definition of deadpan for English Language Learners

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



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