Slapstick meaning

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Slapstick is a kind of comedy based on practical jokes, collisions, clumsiness and embarrassing events.

An example of slapstick is comedy performed by the television characters called the Three Stooges where people get poked in the eye or pies in the face.

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A boisterous form of comedy marked by chases, collisions, and crude practical jokes.
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(uncountable) Physical comedy, e.g. slipping on a banana peel, exaggeratedly losing balance, walking into walls etc.
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Characterized by such comedy.
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(countable) A pair of sticks tied together at one end and used to create a slapping sound effect for (1)
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An implement made of two flat pieces of wood that slap together loudly when hit against something: sometimes used by clowns to strike others with loud, harmless slaps.
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Crude comedy in which the humor depends upon violent activity, horseplay, etc.
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A paddle designed to produce a loud whacking sound, formerly used by performers in farces.
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Origin of slapstick

  • From slap + stick, the English translation of the batacchio. The slapstick was a pair of sticks tied together that made a loud noise when struck together, and was used by the comic character Harlequin in the commedia dell'arte.

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