: actor

Example Sentences

a brawling actor who is in danger of becoming better known as a thug than as a thesp
Recent Examples on the Web Mincan found his ideal leads in German-Romanian actor Niko Becker and Philippine thesp Soliman Cruz (pictured). Ed Meza, Variety, 14 Nov. 2022 That fall, the Toronto playwright and performer got cast in a new play and hit it off with fellow thesp Fab Filippo, also a performer who created his own work. Katherine Brodsky, Variety, 22 Nov. 2022 Anne Hathaway, a skilled thesp, is no match for Huston as the villainous lead. Declan Gallagher,, 7 Oct. 2022 Hopefully, the thesp will deliver a performance that moves him up a peg or two in the in-the-works sequel. Joe Tobal,, 7 Oct. 2022 Egons Dombrovskis, one of the film’s weak acting links), who beats his meek wife Smaida (Polish thesp Agata Buzek, underused here). Alissa Simon, Variety, 6 Dec. 2021 Legend is a multi-hyphenate musician, songwriter, actor and producer who has become active in television as a thesp and producer. Cynthia Littleton,, 19 Dec. 2017 Two of these, a jazz pianist named Seb (Ryan Gosling) and a thesp (as the trades would say) named Mia (Emma Stone), meet cute in a gigantic traffic jam that doubles as a song-and-dance extravaganza. A. O. Scott, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2016 See More

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Word History


short for thespian

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thesp was in 1962

Dictionary Entries Near thesp

Cite this Entry

“Thesp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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