American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A boisterous form of comedy marked by chases, collisions, and crude practical jokes.
- n. A paddle designed to produce a loud whacking sound, formerly used by performers in farces.
- n. uncountable physical comedy, e.g. slipping on a banana peel, exaggeratedly losing balance, walking into walls etc.
- n. countable a pair of sticks tied together at one end and used to create a slapping sound effect for (1)
- n. a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes
- adj. characterized by horseplay and physical action
- n. acoustic device consisting of two paddles hinged together; used by an actor to make a loud noise without inflicting injury when striking someone
- From slap + stick, the English translation of the batacchio. The slapstick was a pair of sticks tied together that made a loud noise when struck together, and was used by the comic character Harlequin in the commedia dell'arte. (Wiktionary)
“We are playing improv games and working in slapstick — big picture issues.”
“Sophisticated slapstick is difficult to achieve, and this is one of the finest success stories I can conjure.”
“I suppose the modrn version of slapstick is "Funny" Home Videos, and I guess there's an element of this here (ooh! what's going to happen next?!) but, being an illustration, without the moral quandary of filming your four year old setting himself on fire with the intention of sending the tape off to Carlton Television.”
“Most verbal jokes turn on either some kind of reversal of expectations or the harmless violation of taboo; slapstick is all about the appearance of injury without actual harm.”
“Anyone who wants to protest that Jane is less deserving is more unpatriotic than she ever was, or just takes no delight in slapstick.”
“It all adds up to another hilarious romp in Dorsey's unique style, one best described as slapstick-noir.”
“I suppose it is Sasaki's constant cleaving to perpetual folly that lends his work so much of what we may call slapstick dignity.”
“As you say it's about dialogue and there's slapstick, which is also intrinsically involved in the gore and the effects.”
“His misadventures, which this time involve a female of his species who competes with him for the nut, recall the slapstick glory of the Looney Tunes.”
“Peterson's gift for comedy, namely slapstick, was so over-the-top with his melodramatic antics that in a few scenes he actually upstaged his dear old Mommie.”
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