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deadpan

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adjective dead·pan \ ˈded-ˌpan \

Definition of deadpan

: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

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First Known Use of deadpan

circa 1928


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deadpan

noun

Definition of deadpan

1 :a completely expressionless face
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.

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First Known Use of deadpan

circa 1930


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deadpan

verb

Definition of deadpan

transitive verb
: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.

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First Known Use of deadpan

circa 1942


DEADPAN Defined for English Language Learners

deadpan

play
adjective

Definition of deadpan for English Language Learners

  • : showing no feeling or emotion


deadpan

noun

Definition of deadpan for English Language Learners

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


deadpan

verb

Definition of deadpan for English Language Learners

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



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