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  1. broad comedy characterized by boisterous action, as the throwing of pies in actors' faces, mugging, and obvious farcical situations and jokes.

  2. a stick or lath used by harlequins, clowns, etc., as in pantomime, for striking other performers, especially a combination of laths that make a loud, clapping noise without hurting the person struck.

  1. using, or marked by the use of, broad farce and horseplay: a slapstick motion picture.

Origin of slapstick

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; slap1 + stick1

Words Nearby slapstick Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slapstick in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for slapstick


/ (ˈslæpˌstɪk) /

    • comedy characterized by horseplay and physical action

    • (as modifier): slapstick humour

  1. a flexible pair of paddles bound together at one end, formerly used in pantomime to strike a blow to a person with a loud clapping sound but without injury

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