Definition of shtick in US English:


(also schtick)


  • 1A gimmick, comic routine, style of performance, etc. associated with a particular person.

    ‘there are many great comics who have based their stand-up shtick on observational comedy’
    ‘her shtick was to haul out her pet ferret’
    • ‘It would be easy to say Clark simply needed the time to develop his campaign shtick.’
    • ‘Now, it's not like Johnny had some former great glory with The Swing Orchestra, but at least they had a shtick, something to work with.’
    • ‘Most comics have to work their shticks and hone their craft.’
    • ‘Thus, while the music rather than the shtick is the focus here, these songs were actually made to work as backgrounds to other arts.’
    • ‘The best bloggers develop hobbyhorses, shticks and catchphrases that they put into wider circulation.’
    • ‘Or at least it's the shtick that sets the tone for the evening's witty and intelligible discourse.’
    • ‘I know Devito was just continuing his Taxi shtick at that point, but I really thought it worked for this movie.’
    • ‘It is part of his shtick, his way of underlining the absurdity of the system.’
    • ‘What we've already got, courtesy of executive producer Jeffrey Lane (Mad About You), is a bawdy night of shticks and bones.’
    • ‘My favorite waiter there is an old man who works his charming shtick on both willing and unwilling customers.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, more religions are ransacked for metaphor than Joseph Campbell ever shook his shtick at.’
    • ‘This made him look silly, because the whole shtick belongs to a different generation.’
    • ‘Is Jones really flubbing his lines, or is it all part of the shtick?’
    • ‘But, that is a big part of their shtick and I guess they are stuck with it.’
    • ‘One of my shticks is about why we need to do hard scientific research on religion.’
    • ‘The shtick worked brilliantly, granting Farrell his edge but softening it too.’
    • ‘Sure do - but not when they're dancing, and that's why the whole shtick works.’
    • ‘I believe it is a true sign of a comedian if she can do her comedy shtick in an operating room.’
    • ‘What saves the whole shtick from utter banality is Wang's great location work and his ability to get performances out of even a block of wood.’
    • ‘The director doesn't let the shtick stand on its own but instead molds radiant and memorable characters to carry the story.’
    act, performance, number, turn, piece, line
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    1. 1.1 A person's special talent, interest, or area of activity.
      ‘movies about ordinary women who do extraordinary things—that's my shtick’
      • ‘Typing or spelling has never been my schtick.’
      • ‘Fighting games on a handheld are not my shtick.’
      • ‘The whole Latin-lifestyle shtick epitomises youthful sophistication, syncopated libido and relaxed, hedonistic good times.’
      • ‘You'll have to show me even a single post where I distorted someone's view. That is not my schtick.’
      • ‘The next morning, fourteen hours later, they're still sitting there, completely destroying the whole minimalist design shtick.’
      • ‘My shtick is to promote the idea that humans, not computers, read programs.’
      • ‘People have tagged her as a print designer, but her shtick is maximalism, despite dressing in black.’
      • ‘Oh, but Andrew, acting touchy is my shtick!’


1960s: Yiddish, from German Stück ‘piece’.