shtick

or shtik

[ shtik ]
/ ʃtɪk /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. shrunk,
  2. shrunken,
  3. sht.,
  4. shtetl,
  5. shtg.,
  6. shtoom,
  7. shtup,
  8. shu,
  9. shu ch'ing-ch'un,
  10. shu han

Origin of shtick

1955–60; < Yiddish shtik pranks, whims, literally, piece < 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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Word Origin and History for shtick

shtick

n.

also schtick, 1959, from Yiddish shtik "an act, gimmick," literally "a piece, slice," from Middle High German stücke "piece, play," from Old High German stucki (see stock (n.1)).

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