shtick

or shtik

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

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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shtick

schtick

noun
  1. 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
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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