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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- an expressionless face
- a person, as an actor, who has or assumes such a face
without expression or show of emotion; blank(ly)
, intransitive verb deadpanned, deadpanning
to do or say (something) in a deadpan manner
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A blank, expressionless face.
- A person, especially a performer, who has or assumes a blank expression.
Impassively matter-of-fact, as in style, behavior, or expression: deadpan delivery of the joke. adverb
With a blank, expressionless face. verb dead·panned
, dead·pans verb, transitive
To express in an impassive, matter-of-fact way. verb, intransitive
To express oneself in an impassive, matter-of-fact way.