Slapstick Definition

slăpstĭk
noun
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.
Webster's New World
Crude comedy in which the humor depends upon violent activity, horseplay, etc.
Webster's New World
A paddle designed to produce a loud whacking sound, formerly used by performers in farces.
American Heritage

(uncountable) Physical comedy, e.g. slipping on a banana peel, exaggeratedly losing balance, walking into walls etc.

Wiktionary
adjective
Characterized by such comedy.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Slapstick

Noun

Singular:
slapstick
Plural:
slapsticks

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.

    From Wiktionary

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