low comedy

noun

Definition of low comedy

: comedy employing burlesque, horseplay, or the representation of low life — compare high comedy

Examples of low comedy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the most recent polls, Biden seems to have the edge on the former, but when did people pass up the chance to see the type of hijinks, aggression or low comedy that only Trump can offer? Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 15 Oct. 2020 Beckett, who miraculously balanced high literature with low comedy, is too complex for single-minded interpretations. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2019 Getting to the substance of the Bobbitt saga means navigating a good deal of low comedy. John Anderson, WSJ, 14 Feb. 2019 The contemporary scenes, meanwhile, go for low comedy and topical satire, as Singh (the rare Sikh cop on the Mumbai force) dodges his uniformly corrupt superiors. Mike Hale, New York Times, 6 July 2018 Never underestimate the ability of the president* to add some low comedy to high malfeasance in the performance of his constitutional office. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 12 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'low comedy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of low comedy

1608, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About low comedy

Time Traveler for low comedy

Time Traveler

The first known use of low comedy was in 1608

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near low comedy

low comedian

low comedy

low cornel

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for low comedy

Cite this Entry

“Low comedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20comedy. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on low comedy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for low comedy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about low comedy

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!