Definition of panstick in English:



  • [mass noun] A kind of matt cosmetic foundation in stick form, widely used in theatrical make-up.

    • ‘That fine head of hair is now silver and he appears to be wearing a light coating of theatrical panstick.’
    • ‘Is the life of a pantomime dame all slapstick, panstick and lipstick?’
    • ‘Ok, there may be enough for our leaders and attendant hangers-on, but what about the bloke who puts toothpaste of the Prince of Wales' toothbrush or the woman who applies Tony Blair's panstick?’
    • ‘His essential wide-boy baddiness would be lost underneath the head-dresses and panstick of a more lavish production.’
    • ‘The lights go down, the curtain comes up and we're back in variety, all caked panstick, female dancers in fishnet tights and cutaway tunics, high kicks, sequins and sparkles.’
    cosmetics, greasepaint
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1940s: from pancake + stick.