Definition of slapstick in English:

slapstick

noun

  • 1mass noun Comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events.

    ‘slapstick humour’
    • ‘Every joke in the film works for me, even the slapstick at the sidewalk cafe and the barge, and I'm not a big fan of physical comedy.’
    • ‘Their happy laughter rang down the tunnel as they appreciated the irony, or failing that, the slapstick.’
    • ‘Families enjoyed the fun-filled evening of good music, slapstick comedy and all-around entertainment.’
    • ‘A series of slapstick events leave both penniless and on the run, where they form a grudging bond.’
    • ‘It would be funny, like one of the old silent slapsticks.’
    • ‘The script is dreadful - even the slapstick fails to raise a smile.’
    • ‘This is aiming to be a sort of slapstick comedy but, as you say, it's very intermittent.’
    • ‘The film is billed as a sophisticated comedy that gleefully mixes slapstick humour, with something a little more grown-up for all viewers.’
    • ‘Such typical comedy tricks such as speeding up the film, slapstick humor, and wacky looks are all present here.’
    • ‘As one expects of Elton, it's all done with slapstick humour, parody, irony and lots of absurd action.’
    • ‘His movements, reactions and slapstick comedy were a treat to watch.’
    • ‘This satirical, slapstick comedy is a feel-good film that is effortless to watch.’
    • ‘We are fed up of slapstick comedies and dialogues filled with double meaning.’
    • ‘John giggled at the slapstick, not quite understanding what all of the fear in the air was about.’
    • ‘It is a comedy with both slapstick and verbal humour.’
    • ‘But a lot of the comedy is silly slapstick stuff, with people hitting each other with balloons and getting into fights.’
    • ‘But it should not be reduced to something showing slapstick comedies and lewd jokes.’
    • ‘The tone, which veers from slapstick comedy to mawkish melodrama, is as volatile as nitroglycerine.’
    • ‘What follows from here is unbridled mawkishness interrupted by some slapstick comedy.’
    • ‘A lack of imagination on the part of the writer, the director and the actors results in slapstick comedy and innuendoes in dialogues.’
    humorous, funny, droll, amusing, entertaining, diverting, absurd, ridiculous, comical, chucklesome, farcical, silly, slapstick, hilarious, uproarious, hysterical, hysterically funny, zany
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  • 2A device consisting of two flexible pieces of wood joined together at one end, used by clowns and in pantomime to produce a loud slapping noise.

    ‘a loud and exhilarating rattle of bladders and slapsticks’
    • ‘Jerry whacked at the old soldier's head with a sympathetic slapstick.’
    • ‘I'll slap her upside the head one of these days, and not with a slapstick.’
    • ‘The paddles turned out to be harmless slapsticks, with holes through the actual paddle part so they could cause a loud slapping noise without hurting.’

Pronunciation

slapstick

/ˈslapstɪk/