\ˈshtik \
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 \ adjective

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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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Their shtick, their show and their book are targeted at Americans who mostly follow the Premier League, but who are also fans of the United States men’s and women’s national teams — or any other team, really. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "The Books Are Ready for the World Cup. The Team Was Not.," 6 June 2018 Crucial, since the book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart is one of Broadway’s funniest, with as much vaudeville and 1940s shtick as Roman farce. John Timpane,, "Princeton Festival presents a wild, tuneful, stripped-down 'Forum'," 12 June 2018 Behind the shtick, Gorsuch is performing a conservative virtue signal. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018 All the old-timey stage shtick are in place: running gags, freeze motion, slapstick, men dressed as women, women dressed as men, lots of shouting, and a nifty chase scene. Toby Zinman,, "'Maria Marten' is a rowdy Victorian melodrama of love, revenge and murder," 10 June 2018 Maeve said, nicely deflating Dolores’s amateur-thespian Beatrix Kiddo shtick. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: What's in 'The Valley Beyond'?," 29 Apr. 2018 As comic villains, Amy Sue Hardy and Hannah McGinley Lemasters delight without taking their shtick too far. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Xanadu' glitters with goofiness at the Garden," 7 July 2018 So when the North Texas man was met with opposition by security guards inside the park for his uncanny resemblance to St. Nick — which is kind of his shtick — Henderson was surprised. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "A Man Was Kicked Out of Six Flags for Looking Too Much Like Santa Claus," 15 Dec. 2016 O’Neal is well known for his career playing with six NBA teams during the 1990s and 2000s and for his entertaining shtick as an NBA analyst on the TNT cable network. Anthony Man,, "Shaquille O’Neal makes endorsement in Florida governor’s race," 26 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of shtick

: a usual way of performing, behaving, speaking, etc.

: something that a person likes to do or does well

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