shtick

or shtik

[ shtik ]
/ ʃtɪk /

noun Slang.

(especially in comic acting) a routine or piece of business inserted to gain a laugh or draw attention to oneself.
one's special interest, talent, etc.

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Origin of shtick

First recorded in 1955–60; from Yiddish shtik “pranks, whims,” literally, “piece,” from Middle High German stücke, Old High German stucki (German Stück ); cf. stucco

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British Dictionary definitions for shtick

shtick

schtick

/ (ʃtɪk) /

noun

slang a comedian's routine; act; piece

Word Origin for shtick

C20: from Yiddish shtik piece, from Middle High German stücke
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