- , schtik(shtihk) [Yiddish, from German: pranks; antics] A contrived or studied routine or performance, usually comic, or a piece of “business” used by an actor; the use of exaggerated evices or gestures to draw people’s attention. A bit of cheating; a devious trick. Also, one’s particular interest, talent, or public image in life. Also written as shtik.Einstein’s shtick was mathematics—the diplomat’s is persuasion.
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shtick — shtick, shtik shtik(sht[i^]k), n. [Yiddish, pranks; fr. MHG st[ u]cke, pieces.] 1. A person s special talent, line of business, or habitual activity. [PJC] 2. (Show business) A comic routine or a specific gag inserted in a show for laughs. [PJC] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
shtick — schtick [ʃtık] n [U] AmE [Date: 1900 2000; : Yiddish; Origin: shtik piece , from Middle High German stücke] the style of humour that a particular actor or ↑comedian typically uses … Dictionary of contemporary English
shtick — [ ʃtık ] noun uncount AMERICAN VERY INFORMAL 1. ) someone s usual way of behaving or talking 2. ) a particular thing that someone is very interested in … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
shtick — also schtick, 1959, from Yiddish shtik an act, gimmick, lit. a piece, slice, from M.H.G. stücke piece, play, from O.H.G. stucki (see STOCK (Cf. stock) (n.1)) … Etymology dictionary
shtick — ☆ shtick [shtik ] n. [< E Yiddish shtik, pl., pranks, interpreted as sing. < shtik, lit., piece < MHG stücke] Slang 1. a comic scene or piece of business, as in a vaudeville act 2. an attention getting device 3. a special trait, talent,… … English World dictionary
Shtick — A shtick (Yiddish: שטיק) (or schtick) is a comic theme or gimmick. Shtick is derived from the Yiddish word shtik (שטיק), meaning piece ; the closely related German word Stück has the same meaning. The English word piece itself is also sometimes… … Wikipedia
shtick — also schtick or shtik noun Etymology: Yiddish shtik pranks, literally, piece, from Middle High German stücke, from Old High German stucki; akin to Old English stycce piece, Old High German stoc stick more at stock Date: 1959 1. a usually comic or … New Collegiate Dictionary
shtick — /shtik/, n. Slang. 1. (esp. in comic acting) a routine or piece of business inserted to gain a laugh or draw attention to oneself. 2. one s special interest, talent, etc. Also, shtik. [1955 60; < Yiddish shtik pranks, whims, lit., piece < MHG… … Universalium
shtick — noun /ʃtɪk/ a) A characteristic trait or theme. b) A gimmick … Wiktionary
shtick — Synonyms and related words: act, afterpiece, bit, chaser, curtain, curtain call, curtain raiser, divertimento, divertissement, epilogue, exode, exodus, expository scene, finale, hoke act, interlude, intermezzo, intermission, introduction, number … Moby Thesaurus