shtick

noun
\ 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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Other Words from shtick

shticky \ ˈshti-​kē How to pronounce shticky (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 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 Best Coast’s songs weren’t all lyrical love letters to California — or weed, or Cosentino’s beloved ginger cat, Snacks — but the idea that the group was beholden to a guiding aesthetic and a thematic shtick stuck to them like sap. New York Times, "Best Coast Almost Had No Future. Now Everything Has Changed.," 6 Feb. 2020 As far as dorky corporate shticks are concerned, at least this one has the potential to briefly flash the discourse back to a simpler time. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Let's Have the GIF Pronunciation Debate Forever," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of shtick was in 1959

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26 May 2020

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“Shtick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shtick. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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shtick

noun
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

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