- marked by or accomplished with a careful pretense of seriousness or calm detachment; impassive or expressionless: deadpan humor.
- displaying no emotional or personal involvement: a deadpan style.
- in a deadpan manner: He spoke his lines utterly deadpan.
- to behave or perform in a deadpan manner.
- a face showing no expression.
- a style of comedy that relies on the comedian's maintaining such a face.
Origin of deadpan
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Examples from the Web for deadpanned
He then waited a beat and deadpanned: “Yes I am an admirer of Lenin.”The Bolshevik Who Thinks ‘The Nation’ Is Too Left Wing
October 26, 2014
“Well, it's a fantastic example of where trickle-down doesn't work,” Gates deadpanned.Bill Gates Talks Toilets, Polio Efforts at CGI
September 25, 2013
Asked if there were anything she thought she would wear from the collection, Walters deadpanned: “Not the wedding gown!”Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2014: A Love Letter to Women
September 11, 2013
No wonder Obama deadpanned at the dinner that Romney “asked if he could get some equal time on The Merv Griffin Show.”Pouncing on Presidential Coolness
April 30, 2012
“I had some time to think about it,” deadpanned CBS anchor Scott Pelley.Rick Perry’s Respectable Debate Rebound
November 13, 2011
- with a deliberately emotionless face or mannerdeadpan humour
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Word Origin and History for deadpanned
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