from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang One, such as an assistant or deputy, who is subordinate to another.
  • n. Slang One who serves as the straight man opposite the leading comedian in a burlesque.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A comedian who plays a secondary or supporting role, especially as straight man and traditionally in vaudeville or burlesque theatre.
  • n. A person who serves in a supporting, secondary, or subsidiary capacity; an assistant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role
  • n. a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian


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