characteristic of a type of slapstick comedy in which a performer throws a pie in another's face: popular especially in the era of vaudeville and early silent films.

Origin of custard-pie

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for custard pie

custard pie


  1. a flat, open pie filled with real or artificial custard, as thrown in slapstick comedy
  2. (as modifier)custard-pie humour
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