Thursday, July 28, 2011
deadpan adjective [DED-pan] Marked by or accomplished with a careful pretense of seriousness or calm detachment.
Definitions for deadpan
- Marked by or accomplished with a careful pretense of seriousness or calm detachment.
- Displaying no emotional or personal involvement.
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Citations for deadpan
"He sat down on the top step with a rare deadpan expression, his best attempt yet at a poker face."
"She had instructed the kids to remain deadpan, because she did not want to paint from a shot in which they were mugging."
Origin of deadpan
Deadpan is a coinage from the 1930s combining "dead" and the sense of "pan" referring to the head or face.