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

Other Words from shtick

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 The whole shtick may sound suspiciously Springsteenian; Antonoff’s tactic has been to lean into that. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Packing their shtick into a speedy 87 minutes, returning director Kyle Balda delivers a perfectly painless romp that should enthrall kids, entertain adults and keep Minion cosplayers employed for many a birthday party to come. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 The shtick may have crossed the line, and now it's gotten him into a situation that he is not really equipped for. Mma Junkie, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 And then Colin Trevorrow [director and co-screenwriter of the ‘Jurassic World’ trilogy] kind of gave him mouth to mouth, and brought him into this world in which his whole shtick really mattered and really affected other things. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 10 June 2022 Eventually the foul ball shtick gets tiring, even Sam will admit that. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 It’s the kind of self-aware shtick that’s perfectly suited to an in-ring veteran of more than 30 years who’s known for constantly reinventing himself, and pokes at the tribalism between fans of the two companies with surgical precision. Anthony Bartkiewicz, SPIN, 13 May 2022 Loop parking lots placed them on cars, and the combination of words and shtick turned the trick. Ron Grossman,, 3 Mar. 2022 Gilbert Gottfried’s manic, loudmouthed stand-up routines mixed old-fashioned borscht-belt shtick with cringeworthy vulgarity. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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26 Jul 2022

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“Shtick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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