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deadpan

[ded-pan] /ˈdɛdˌpæn/
adjective
1.
marked by or accomplished with a careful pretense of seriousness or calm detachment; impassive or expressionless:
deadpan humor.
2.
displaying no emotional or personal involvement:
a deadpan style.
adverb
3.
in a deadpan manner:
He spoke his lines utterly deadpan.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), deadpanned, deadpanning.
4.
to behave or perform in a deadpan manner.
noun, Also, dead pan
5.
a face showing no expression.
6.
a style of comedy that relies on the comedian's maintaining such a face.
Origin of deadpan
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; dead + pan1
Related forms
dead panner, noun
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  • She continued to stare, deadpan and blank-eyed, with no answering flicker of a smile.

    The Stars, My Brothers Edmond Hamilton
  • Suzanne looked closely at him—he was so deadpan, it was hard to tell what was on his mind.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for deadpan

deadpan

/ˈdɛdˌpæn/
adjective, adverb
1.
with a deliberately emotionless face or manner: deadpan humour
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Word Origin and History for deadpan

1928, from dead (adj.) + pan (n.) in slang sense of "face."

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Slang definitions & phrases for deadpan

deadpan

adjective

: my wife's New York ironies or her deadpan humor/ This is known as the deadpan system of prevarication

noun

  1. An expressionless face; poker face
  2. A person with an expressionless face: Buster Keaton and Fred Allen were classic deadpans

verb

: With kids packing his audiences, he deadpanned ''I promise to lower the voting age to 6'' (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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