Definition of slapstick in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈslapstɪk/


1 [mass noun] Comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events: slapstick humour
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  • Families enjoyed the fun-filled evening of good music, slapstick comedy and all-around entertainment.
  • The film is billed as a sophisticated comedy that gleefully mixes slapstick humour, with something a little more grown-up for all viewers.
  • It is a comedy with both slapstick and verbal humour.
2A device consisting of two flexible pieces of wood joined together at one end, used by clowns and in pantomime to produce a loud slapping noise: a loud and exhilarating rattle of bladders and slapsticks
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  • The paddles turned out to be harmless slapsticks, with holes through the actual paddle part so they could cause a loud slapping noise without hurting.
  • I'll slap her upside the head one of these days, and not with a slapstick.
  • Jerry whacked at the old soldier's head with a sympathetic slapstick.

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