Definition of shtick in English:

shtick

(also schtick)

Pronunciation /SHtik/ /ʃtɪk/

noun

  • 1informal A gimmick, comic routine, style of performance, etc. associated with a particular person.

    ‘there are many great comics who have based their stand-up shtick on observational comedy’
    ‘her shtick was to haul out her pet ferret’
    • ‘Sure do - but not when they're dancing, and that's why the whole shtick works.’
    • ‘It would be easy to say Clark simply needed the time to develop his campaign shtick.’
    • ‘What saves the whole shtick from utter banality is Wang's great location work and his ability to get performances out of even a block of wood.’
    • ‘Or at least it's the shtick that sets the tone for the evening's witty and intelligible discourse.’
    • ‘This made him look silly, because the whole shtick belongs to a different generation.’
    • ‘Now, it's not like Johnny had some former great glory with The Swing Orchestra, but at least they had a shtick, something to work with.’
    • ‘Most comics have to work their shticks and hone their craft.’
    • ‘The best bloggers develop hobbyhorses, shticks and catchphrases that they put into wider circulation.’
    • ‘My favorite waiter there is an old man who works his charming shtick on both willing and unwilling customers.’
    • ‘The shtick worked brilliantly, granting Farrell his edge but softening it too.’
    • ‘It is part of his shtick, his way of underlining the absurdity of the system.’
    • ‘The director doesn't let the shtick stand on its own but instead molds radiant and memorable characters to carry the story.’
    • ‘I believe it is a true sign of a comedian if she can do her comedy shtick in an operating room.’
    • ‘Is Jones really flubbing his lines, or is it all part of the shtick?’
    • ‘Meanwhile, more religions are ransacked for metaphor than Joseph Campbell ever shook his shtick at.’
    • ‘I know Devito was just continuing his Taxi shtick at that point, but I really thought it worked for this movie.’
    • ‘What we've already got, courtesy of executive producer Jeffrey Lane (Mad About You), is a bawdy night of shticks and bones.’
    • ‘One of my shticks is about why we need to do hard scientific research on religion.’
    • ‘Thus, while the music rather than the shtick is the focus here, these songs were actually made to work as backgrounds to other arts.’
    • ‘But, that is a big part of their shtick and I guess they are stuck with it.’
    act, performance, number, turn, piece, line
    1. 1.1A person's special talent, interest, or area of activity.
      ‘movies about ordinary women who do extraordinary things—that's my shtick’
      • ‘Typing or spelling has never been my schtick.’
      • ‘Fighting games on a handheld are not my shtick.’
      • ‘You'll have to show me even a single post where I distorted someone's view. That is not my schtick.’
      • ‘People have tagged her as a print designer, but her shtick is maximalism, despite dressing in black.’
      • ‘The next morning, fourteen hours later, they're still sitting there, completely destroying the whole minimalist design shtick.’
      • ‘The whole Latin-lifestyle shtick epitomises youthful sophistication, syncopated libido and relaxed, hedonistic good times.’
      • ‘My shtick is to promote the idea that humans, not computers, read programs.’
      • ‘Oh, but Andrew, acting touchy is my shtick!’

Origin

1960s Yiddish, from German Stück ‘piece’.

Pronunciation

shtick

/SHtik/ /ʃtɪk/