verb (used with object), bur·lesqued, bur·lesquing.
verb (used without object), bur·lesqued, bur·lesquing.
- burleigh, henry thacker,
Origin of burlesque
Examples from the Web for 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|Anne Berry|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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.
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|Richard Porton|May 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The day after this burlesque scene I returned to Padua, where Bettina soon made me forget the little ballet-girl.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
But it was nothing to the burlesque which was shortly to be enacted on Orange River Station platform.On the Heels of De Wet|The Intelligence Officer
Here was born, in 1630, the celebrated Charles Cotton, a burlesque poet of the seventeenth century.
Aside from his saddle and burlesque sombrero, he 89 looked every inch a puncher, both in dress and in bearing.Out of the Depths|Robert Ames Bennet
I shall be able to relate the burlesque incident of my arrest, and the singular interview with which you honour me at present.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
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.