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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
slapstick comedy (=in which the performers do silly things like falling over, getting dirty etc)
▪ The tradition of slapstick comedy goes back to the early days of cinema.
▪ And I don't think slapstick is funny.
▪ Except for very basic slapstick, humour travels uncertainly. 4.
▪ Fate seemed determined to translate his dramatic mission into slapstick.
▪ He is playful, too, managing the difficult manoeuvre of translating wit into sound without resorting to slapstick.
▪ Much of the comedy is slapstick and loaded with black slang.
▪ Repetitive slapstick, it has the charm of earliest documentary film.
▪ She appropriated slapstick and hyperbole to the delicious purpose of lampooning the fathead who made her life miserable.
▪ That's why nuclear war is so frightening - like slapstick.
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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also slap-stick, originally (1896) a device consisting of two sticks fastened together so as to slap loudly when a clown or actor hits somebody with it, or to make a sound-effect offstage; from slap and stick (n.). As an adjective by 1906. Meaning "farcical physical comedy, horseplay" (1916) is short for slapstick comedy or humor.


n. 1 (cx uncountable English) physical comedy, e.g. slipping on a banana peel, exaggeratedly losing balance, walking into walls etc. 2 (cx countable English) a pair of sticks tied together at one end and used to create a slapping sound effect for (1)

  1. adj. characterized by horseplay and physical action; "slapstick style of humor"

  2. n. a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes

  3. acoustic device consisting of two paddles hinged together; used by an actor to make a loud noise without inflicting injury when striking someone


Slapstick is a style of humor involving exaggerated physical activity which exceeds the boundaries of normal physical comedy. The term arises from a device developed during the broad, physical comedy style known as Commedia dell'arte in 16th Century Italy. The Slap Stick is merely two thin slats of wood made from splitting a single long stick, which makes a 'slap' when striking another actor, with little force needed to make a loud - and comical - sound.

Slapstick (novel)

Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! is a science fiction novel by American author Kurt Vonnegut. Written in 1976, it depicts Vonnegut's views of loneliness, both on an individual and social scale.

The book was adapted into the 1982 film Slapstick of Another Kind.

Slapstick (comics)

Slapstick (Steve Harmon) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He resembles an animated clown and has the abilities of a slapstick cartoon character, such as one from Looney Tunes, including warping reality to match that of an animated cartoon.

Slapstick (band)

Slapstick is a punk-ska fusion band from the Chicago area that was primarily active from 1993 to 1996. Started by a group of friends from the Elgin area, the group took inspiration from Operation Ivy and the guttural punk vocals of Crimpshrine. Since disbanding in 1996 Slapstick has periodically reunited to perform shows for various reasons, including benefits and anniversaries. The band is known for being the root of the "Slapstick Family Tree", a group of musical projects which spawned from members of Slapstick, including Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms, The Broadways, Tuesday, Duvall, Colassal, The Honor System and The Falcon.

Slapstick (The Wire)

"Slapstick" is the ninth episode of the third season of the HBO original series, The Wire. The episode was written by David Simon from a story by David Simon & George Pelecanos and was directed by Alex Zakrzewski. It originally aired on November 21, 2004.

Slapstick (album)

Slapstick is a compilation of most songs recorded by Chicago ska-punk band Slapstick. It was released by Asian Man Records in 1997. Tracks 7-20 were originally located on Slapstick's only full-length album, Lookit!

Slapstick (disambiguation)

Slapstick is comedy involving exaggerated physical violence.

It may also refer to:

  • Operation Slapstick, a British airborne mission in Italy 1943
  • Slapstick (novel)'', by Kurt Vonnegut
    • Slapstick of Another Kind, a film adapted from the novel
  • Slapstick (instrument), a percussion instrument
  • Slapstick (comics), a Marvel superhero
  • Slapstick (band), a Chicago punk-ska band
    • Slapstick (album)
  • Slapstick, also known as Robotrek, an SNES role-playing video game
  • "Slapstick" (The Wire episode)

Usage examples of "slapstick".

For all its black slapstick, however, the genre has a plangent undertow.

There followed a general donning of coats and scarves, some slapstick with dollar bills and the spilled ice from a drink, and then at some point Rosa and Joe seemed to remark that they were headed out the door of the chophouse and that Sammy was not with them.

Having already exhausted the possibilities inherent in deconstructing Vulcan speech patterns in order to extract a nonexistant humorous intent, you have now moved on to the much simpler examination of the form of humor known as slapstick.

Pornographic slapstick, custard pie, the comic relief with the landlady or bellhop before the real fucking resumes elsewhere.

Both desperately rubbed their foamy eyes like slapstick actors who had taken cream pies in the face.

Vonnegut: I said in Slapstick that she was the person I wrote for -- that every successful creative person creates with an audience of one in mind.

A comic skit, really, with quick changes, slapstick, clown faces, and japery, lasting twenty minutes when I was really rolling.

They thrived on an intellectual diet of scatology and slapstick and mimicry, picking names for each other gleaned without understanding from popular songs and furniture catalogues and discarded textbooks they could just about read.

Carefully awkward in his slapstick, but with overtones of Sahi and Cavett, Charlie George brought to television a sense of the absurd that was layered like veal parmesan, with peppercorns of logic and political truths to sting the unwary palate.