from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. physical comedy, e.g. slipping on a banana peel, exaggeratedly losing balance, walking into walls etc.
- n. a pair of sticks tied together at one end and used to create a slapping sound effect for (1)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)