whoopee cushion


: a cushion that makes a sound like the breaking of wind when sat upon

Examples of whoopee cushion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here — sneakily, playfully, like a kid planting a whoopee cushion on a humorless teacher’s chair — is where the boredom comes in. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 19 Sep. 2023 But when his comedy isn’t rooted in drama, Polanski becomes the directorial equivalent of someone trying to get laughs with a whoopee cushion. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 2 Sep. 2023 Characterized by unusual props that propel the plot (a walking TV set, a whoopee cushion); time-saving transitions (like a fist bump that causes the scene to jump); and an overall eerie, otherworldly quality, the TikToks made by these three friends draw millions of views to each post. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2023 Bonus: the whoopee cushion can be used over and over. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 20 Feb. 2023 Only Murders in the Building co-star Steve Martin makes art with Gomez once again, this time in a sketch about the inventor of the whoopee cushion in which Aidy Bryant steals every scene. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 15 May 2022 She’s like a ray of sunshine filtered through a whoopee cushion, and our pandemic year has been lifted by her presence. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 Some of Don Poynter’s creations, it must be admitted, had a certain whoopee cushion quality. New York Times, 29 Aug. 2021 Maybe print it on a whoopee cushion, just to be sure. Ellen McGirt, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whoopee cushion was in 1953

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“Whoopee cushion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whoopee%20cushion. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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