\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from shtick

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

Synonyms for shtick


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of shtick in a Sentence

That joke is part of his shtick. Sports are just not my shtick.
Recent Examples on the Web Everything’s amplified, from the crack of a bat to the shtick of a boisterous public-address announcement. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The baseball stadiums one writer regrets he never got to see a game at," 19 June 2020 Griffin’s entire shtick is making fun of celebrities, so only the most ravenous pop culture consumers should watch her stand-up. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Best Female Stand-Up Comedian Specials to Watch Right Now," 11 June 2020 Less successful were Colin Jost and Michael Che sticking to their usual Weekend Update shtick: the lack of an audience for their typical political and quirky news items exposed the flaws in their style. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Who makes the best TV in quarantine? 'American Idol,' Fallon thrive, while 'Ellen,' 'View' struggle," 29 Apr. 2020 And that's sort of part of the shtick of that campaign anyway. NBC News, "Transcript: Iowa vs Impeachment," 5 Feb. 2020 Gray holds court with a nebbishy, self-mocking churn of anecdote and lamentation, and his humor, in the outer-borough Ashkenazi style, can leave one unsure where the shtick ends and the real self-loathing starts. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "James Gray’s Journey from the Outer Boroughs to Outer Space," 9 Sep. 2019 Perhaps its greatest gift of all is when Liam’s hands-tied behind my back, chin out, Greek god/heathen pose was born -- singing these songs, doing interviews, the whole shtick. William Goodman, Billboard, "Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' Turns 25: Here's Where the Rock 'N' Roll Stars Were Born," 29 Aug. 2019 At times, new episodes elicit the same emotions as the first season, but sometimes the shtick falls flat. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Too much, too soon? 'Queer Eye' and reality shows that return too quickly," 15 June 2018 But Matthews was vulnerable, too, because his shtick had curdled and grown sour after 20 years. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, "The end of Chris Matthews," 3 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shtick.' 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 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shtick

Time Traveler for shtick

Time Traveler

The first known use of shtick was in 1959

See more words from the same year

Statistics for shtick

Last Updated

1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shtick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shtick


How to pronounce shtick (audio)

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

More from Merriam-Webster on shtick

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for shtick

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with shtick

Comments on shtick

What made you want to look up shtick? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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