\ 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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Examples of shtick in a Sentence

That joke is part of his shtick. Sports are just not my shtick.
Recent Examples on the Web If coolness denotes — or once denoted — a certain indifference to what people think, then these middle-aged mothers with their silly, adorable shtick and their paunchy husbands are perhaps the only cool people left on our try-hard planet. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "The Moms of TikTok Are Deeply Corny — and Gloriously Free," 20 Nov. 2019 Yep, when a fantastic show falls a little too in love with its own musical shtick. Los Angeles Times, "You’ve heard of the Emmy Awards, now take in our top moments with the Envy Awards," 22 Aug. 2019 Two very different women fall for Wheeler’s shtick and a third tolerates it to the point of platonic friendship, at least. Chris Jones,, "Review: ‘Linda Vista’ is Steppenwolf back on Broadway, but out of step," 10 Oct. 2019 For others — ahem, Pete Davidson — breaking character is shtick in and of itself. Washington Post, "Aidy Bryant broke character on SNL. It made a good sketch great.," 30 Sep. 2019 The law is not something pivotal to populists, and part of their shtick is to at least appear to flaunt it, whereas conservatives bestow reverence upon it. Andy Knott, Quartz, "Boris Johnson’s flirtation with populism will have lasting consequences for the UK," 4 Oct. 2019 The playwrights weigh down Johnson with some unnecessary comic shtick at the outset. David Lyman,, "In this world of 'fake news' headlines, 'Lifespan of a Fact' is an absolute must-see," 25 Oct. 2019 But this shtick didn’t become really awkward for museums until the social-justice set racialized the issues. Rhonda Lieberman, The New Republic, "Painting Over the Dirty Truth," 23 Sep. 2019 Best: Bob Newhart’s very much alive presenter shtick Ben Stiller and Bob Newhart during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The Best and Worst Moments of the 2019 Emmys," 23 Sep. 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 entry 1

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The first known use of shtick was in 1959

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shtick.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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