shtick

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. Comedy routine.

  • n. Performances and silly behavior at weddings, intended to entertain the bride and groom.

  • n. "Overused actions or behavior." (JPS)

  • n. Props and decorations used for wedding entertainment.

Example Sentences

  • "Oh, I had enough of his shtick."

  • "Looking for beautiful, sophisticated and affordable wedding shtick to rent in the Five Towns? Bridal Basics carries light up arches, umbrellas, tambourines, light up jumpropes, confetti, Mazal Tov signs, Mezinka brooms, confetti balloons and much more!" (source)

  • "OK, let's hear your schtik."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • שטיק shtik 'piece (music, theater)'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      schtik, shtik, schtick

Notes

  • Can have a negative connotation: saying someone is "full of shtick" means they are untrustworthy.

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