- 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 deadpan
The Garfield specials are also unique for their deadpan delivery and oftentimes bleak worldview.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons
November 5, 2014
But something about the cover image—four deadpan dudes against a robin's-egg blue background—spoke to me, I guess.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary
May 10, 2014
But he had his own defenses, a great off-hand resilience and a deadpan humor, and he survived.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
“I could tell you missed me more than I missed you,” Tom says, deadpan.Matt & Tom Berninger on The National’s Doc ‘Mistaken for Strangers’
April 25, 2013
Homes carries off her fiction-writing Nixon with deadpan wit.A.M. Homes on Her New Novel ‘May We Be Forgiven’
September 29, 2012
- with a deliberately emotionless face or mannerdeadpan humour
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Word Origin and History for deadpan
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