\ 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

Synonyms for shtick


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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Perhaps the best example of his typical content is, for my money, this video from February on Steve Bannon, which effortlessly undercuts the former Trump adviser’s entire shtick and features a cover of a song from Hadestown. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The video was made by Philosophy Tube, the YouTube home of Oliver Thorn.," 2 Aug. 2019 Since management has already bought into Ma/Pa’s shtick, geared for the local audience, that shouldn’t be a problem. Bob Raissman,, "Retirement talk off limits for Suzyn Waldman, John Sterling," 2 Aug. 2019 Others have tired of Mr. Sanders’s socialist shtick or won’t forgive him for not dropping out sooner in 2016 to clear the path for Mrs. Clinton. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren May Be the New Adlai Stevenson," 18 June 2019 Berman was present at the revolution when a generation of comedians dropped the Borscht Belt shtick and confronted the anxieties, neuroses and foibles of life in 1950s and '60s America. Donald Liebenson,, "Shelley Berman broke the mold for comics, now he'll be remembered at the new National Comedy Center," 3 Apr. 2018 While all the performers do excellent work, Flood is particularly terrific as the neurotic Addie, making every comic zinger land and garnering laughs with physical shtick as well, while Heberlee is riveting in his anguished monologue. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Make Believe': Theater Review," 16 Aug. 2019 Cohen has made a lucrative career of this shtick, mocking ordinary Americans’ toleration of his eccentric and offensive behavior. Nate Hochman, National Review, "Sacha Baron Cohen’s Tired Elitist Shtick," 25 June 2019 Eschewing the trappings of fame and fortune that Valentino Garavani and his partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, embraced so fulsomely has become an essential part of Piccioli’s shtick. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 The character may be tiny but his big shtick is hard to resist. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Tessa Thompson aside, ‘Men in Black: International’ is a globe-trotting mediocrity," 13 June 2019

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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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