verb (used with object), bur·lesqued, bur·lesquing.
verb (used without object), bur·lesqued, bur·lesquing.
Origin of burlesque
Synonyms for burlesque
Related Words for burlesquespoof, travesty, farce, mocking, comic, mock, caricature, mockery, vaudeville, strip, satire, lampoon, takeoff, pastiche, parody, revue, ludicrous, satirical, ironical, caricatural
Examples from the Web for burlesque
Contemporary Examples of burlesque
Burlesque artists are often in it for the costumes, spending what they earn on fabric, feathers, and crystals.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending
September 13, 2014
“The nature of the burlesque scene in London is as diverse as burlesque itself,” said Howard Wilmot, creator of Boylexe/Burlexe.
Boylexe is a spin-off of a show about women in burlesque called Burlexe, which likewise mixes striptease, monologue, and song.
Here, another writer says the burlesque model has got it right.Dita Von Teese, My Breasts Are All Yours
August 8, 2014
He soon employs his new houseguest as a dancer in his burlesque theater and eventually pimps her out to select clients.Cannes Diary: James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant,’ Starring Marion Cotillard, Shines
May 25, 2013
Historical Examples of burlesque
Burlesque of character and calling puts in an occasional appearance.
Burlesque, farce and extravagance of situation and dialogue.
It might be called a burlesque, but for the fact that it is unaccompanied by the luxury of legs.
Deem not this collocation simply a burlesque on Scientific categories.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
Nailed several anti-saloon and burlesque planks in his platform.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
verb -lesques, -lesquing or -lesqued
Word Origin for burlesque
1660s, "derisive imitation, grotesque parody," from French burlesque (16c.), from Italian burlesco, from burla "joke, fun, mockery," possibly ultimately from Late Latin burra "trifle, nonsense," literally "flock of wool." Modern sense of "variety show featuring striptease" is American English, 1870. Originally (1857) "the sketches at the end of minstrel shows." As a verb, from 1670s.