\ 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 shticky (audio) \ 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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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 Despite her confidence, for a long time, people just didn’t get her shtick. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Fran Drescher Was Always Ahead of Her Time," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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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

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

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