Etymology
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slapstick (n.)

also slap-stick, originally (1896) a device consisting of two sticks fastened together so as to slap loudly when a clown or actor hits somebody with it, or to make a sound-effect offstage; from slap and stick (n.). As an adjective by 1906. Meaning "farcical physical comedy, horseplay" (1916) is short for slapstick comedy or humor.

updated on October 10, 2013

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Definitions of slapstick from WordNet
1
slapstick (n.)
a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes;
slapstick (n.)
acoustic device consisting of two paddles hinged together; used by an actor to make a loud noise without inflicting injury when striking someone;
2
slapstick (adj.)
characterized by horseplay and physical action;
slapstick style of humor
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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