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

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Examples of shtick in a Sentence

That joke is part of his shtick. Sports are just not my shtick.
Recent Examples on the Web But will Johnson's shtick be enough to smooth over tensions that have flared since the leaders of these countries last met in-person?, 9 June 2021 Rich in self-deprecating juvenile shtick, these personal essays by the actor and screenwriter amount to an autobiography of sorts. New York Times, 12 May 2021 Grobstein is still around to do his shtick on The Score and remind us every year when Lee Elia Day rolls around. Paul Sullivan,, 29 Apr. 2021 Early in its run, The Nanny establishes itself as a show that loves a good shtick. Rebecca Caplan, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 If that sounds a little busy, much of it is really just an excuse to turn Murphy and Hall loose again on their old shtick, augmented by almost too many cameos to mention, up to and including the closing credits. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Mar. 2021 This shtick may be uniquely ill suited to this moment. James Pogue, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2021 Banned from Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms, Gionet took his shtick to streaming sites like DLive. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2021 The face bandage shtick is still a bit puzzling, but no explanation was needed for that silky-smooth Kenny G cameo. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2020

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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 entry 1

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“Shtick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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