shtick

noun
\ ˈshtik How to pronounce shtick (audio) \
variants: or less commonly or shtik

Definition of shtick

1 : a usually comic or repetitious performance or routine : bit
2 : one's special trait, interest, or activity : bag he's alive and well and now doing his shtick out in Hollywood— Robert Daley

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Other Words from shtick

shticky \ ˈshti-​kē How to pronounce shticky (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for shtick

Synonyms

act, bit, number, routine, turn

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Examples of shtick in a Sentence

That joke is part of his shtick. Sports are just not my shtick.

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Cohen has made a lucrative career of this shtick, mocking ordinary Americans’ toleration of his eccentric and offensive behavior. Nate Hochman, National Review, "Sacha Baron Cohen’s Tired Elitist Shtick," 25 June 2019 Eschewing the trappings of fame and fortune that Valentino Garavani and his partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, embraced so fulsomely has become an essential part of Piccioli’s shtick. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 The character may be tiny but his big shtick is hard to resist. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Tessa Thompson aside, ‘Men in Black: International’ is a globe-trotting mediocrity," 13 June 2019 Or Breaking Bad’s Skyler White shooing away a suspicious auditor from the IRS with a low-cut top and a blinky dumb-blonde shtick. Andrea Bartz, Marie Claire, "Sometimes I Exploit My Sexuality and I'm Not Sorry," 25 Feb. 2019 Among its abundant charms are the fragments of shtick the pair perform blithely, almost unconsciously, in their offstage lives—Ollie (John C. Reilly), doing his delicate little dance steps, Stan (Steve Coogan) scratching his head in mock perplexity. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Stan & Ollie’ Review: Fat, Lean, Funny and Fine," 3 Jan. 2019 Is this shtick, familiar from 2016, salable two years later? Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "Trumpism’s Big Florida Test," 2 Nov. 2018 Part of his shtick was being ostentatious, flashing expensive jewelry and wearing absurd outfits. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Milo Yiannopoulos’s collapse shows that no-platforming can work," 5 Dec. 2018 Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Amazon’s 4-star store wasn’t just a one-off shtick. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Amazon to open up second 4-star store in Colorado," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of shtick

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shtick

Yiddish shtik pranks, literally, piece, from Middle High German stücke, from Old High German stucki; akin to Old English stycce piece, Old High German stoc stick — more at stock

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shtick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shtick

US, informal
: a usual way of performing, behaving, speaking, etc.
: something that a person likes to do or does well

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