Definition of deadpan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛdpan/


Impassive or expressionless: she delivered her monologue in a deadpan voice
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  • Even as her voice drips sarcasm, her deadpan expression doesn't change.
  • Looking out over a million square miles or so of Indian Ocean, I kept my expression deadpan.
  • But the face expresses the same deadpan ferocity as the film.


In a deadpan manner: ‘That’s all right then,’ Claire said, deadpan
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  • Pollsters themselves, and the media who report their findings deadpan, are partly responsible for this.
  • ‘I hope that Roy Keane is not playing,’ says Arveladze deadpan while shifting his gaze.
  • I don't think I was prepared for how deadpan funny she is.

verb (deadpans, deadpanning, deadpanned)

[with direct speech]
Say something amusing while affecting a serious manner: ‘I’m an undercover dentist,’ he dead-panned
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  • Quizzed on whether he was surprised that Hamilton got the nod ahead of his young lock, the Edinburgh coach dead-panned: ‘I can't possibly comment on that… but yes.
  • They cut to a commercial, and when the show came back on, Carson and the bare-chested guests were seated and he looked into the camera and dead-panned, ‘Welcome to Rawhide.’
  • Skovdahl dead-panned: ‘That was the kind of goal I used to score.’

Words that rhyme with deadpan


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