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SLAPSTICK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does slapstick mean? 

SLAPSTICK (noun)
  The noun SLAPSTICK has 2 senses:

1. a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes
2. acoustic device consisting of two paddles hinged together; used by an actor to make a loud noise without inflicting injury when striking someone

  Familiarity information: SLAPSTICK used as a noun is rare.


SLAPSTICK (adjective)
  The adjective SLAPSTICK has 1 sense:

1. characterized by horseplay and physical action

  Familiarity information: SLAPSTICK used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SLAPSTICK (noun)


Sense 1slapstick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("slapstick" is a kind of...):

comedy (light and humorous drama with a happy ending)


Sense 2slapstick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Acoustic device consisting of two paddles hinged together; used by an actor to make a loud noise without inflicting injury when striking someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("slapstick" is a kind of...):

acoustic device (a device for amplifying or transmitting sound)


SLAPSTICK (adjective)


Sense 1slapstick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by horseplay and physical action

Context example:

slapstick style of humor

Similar:

humorous; humourous (full of or characterized by humor)


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