slapstick

Slapstick is a ridiculous, exaggerated type of humor. Old movies by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers are good examples of slapstick.

Imagine the laughs you get with the strategic use of a whoopee cushion, and you'll get a sense of what slapstick is. Pratfalls and other physical comedy are an important element of slapstick, from Buster Keaton films, to "I Love Lucy," to "Home Alone." The word slapstick comes from a theatrical device invented in the 16th century—a slap stick, two slats of wood that could be smacked together to mimic the sound of a slap.

Definitions of slapstick
  1. noun
    a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes
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    type of:
    comedy
    light and humorous drama with a happy ending
  2. noun
    acoustic device consisting of two paddles hinged together; used by an actor to make a loud noise without inflicting injury when striking someone
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    type of:
    acoustic device
    a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
  3. adjective
    characterized by horseplay and physical action
    slapstick style of humor”
    Synonyms:
    humorous, humourous
    full of or characterized by humor
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