- broad comedy characterized by boisterous action, as the throwing of pies in actors' faces, mugging, and obvious farcical situations and jokes.
- 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.
- using, or marked by the use of, broad farce and horseplay: a slapstick motion picture.
Origin of slapstick
Examples from the Web for slapstick
Contemporary Examples of slapstick
Asian slapstick humor does not translate well, and most of the captive audience agreed, although they grudgingly watched it.Prisoners Get Cultural Fix with 8-Tracks and Bootleg Cassettes
August 18, 2014
Mr. Mayall, who was married with three children, was famed for his slapstick routines.British Comedian Rik Mayall, 56, Dies Suddenly
June 9, 2014
A botched center-right leadership election on Nov. 18 verged on slapstick.France’s Petty Politics Brings Christmas Early to Scandal Lovers
December 15, 2012
Like any form of slapstick, its greatest burden is its obviousness.Obama Loses His Cool
June 9, 2010
Correction: This article initially misidentified Slap Shot as Slapstick.Hockey Hunks Conquer Hollywood!
June 1, 2010
Historical Examples of slapstick
It frequently happens that a comedian will get after a writer with a stuffed club or a slapstick.The Fiction Factory
John Milton Edwards
Sloppy sentimentality and slapstick farce ought to bore us frightfully, especially if we have any sense of humor.
Her enthusiasm for the slapstick artist provoked him, but at the same time that gay laughter tickled his ears pleasantly.The Purple Heights
Marie Conway Oemler
Don Marquis recognizes as well as any one the value of the slapstick as a mirth-provoking instrument.Shandygaff
There was a moment when the slapstick comedy grazed red tragedy.The Fighting Edge
William MacLeod Raine
- comedy characterized by horseplay and physical action
- (as modifier)slapstick humour
- 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
Word Origin and History for slapstick
also slap-stick, originally (1896) a device consisting of two sticks fastened together so as to slap loudly when a clown or actor hits somebody with it, or to make a sound-effect offstage; from slap and stick (n.). As an adjective by 1906. Meaning "farcical physical comedy, horseplay" (1916) is short for slapstick comedy or humor.