shtick

Alternative Spellings

schtik, shtik, schtick

Definitions

  • "Overused actions or behavior." (JPS)
  • Comedy routine.
  • Performances and silly behavior at weddings, intended to entertain the bride and groom.
  • 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!" (http://www.chossonandkallah.com/wedding-vendor/Bridal-Basics-Shtick-Co-.html)
  • "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

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).

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