from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A characteristic attribute, talent, or trait that is helpful in securing recognition or attention: waiters in tropical attire are part of the restaurant's shtick.
- n. Slang An entertainment routine or gimmick.
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- n. A characteristic trait or theme.
- n. A gimmick.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person's special talent, line of business, or habitual activity.
- n. A comic routine or a specific gag inserted in a show for laughs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention
- n. (Yiddish) a devious trick; a bit of cheating
- n. (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning
- n. (Yiddish) a little; a piece
Yiddish shtik, piece, routine, from Middle High German stücke, piece, from Old High German stukki, crust, fragment.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish שטיק (shtik, "piece"), cognate to German Stück. (Wiktionary)