- any broadly comic or satirical imitation, as of a writing, play, etc.; derisive caricature; parody
- a sort of vaudeville characterized by low comedy, striptease acts, etc.
Origin of burlesqueFrench from Italian burlesco from burla, a jest, mockery
- derisively or comically imitating
- of or connected with burlesque (vaudeville)
intransitive verb-·lesqued′, -·lesqu′ing