broad comedy characterized by boisterous action, as the throwing of pies in actors' faces, mugging, and obvious farcical situations and jokes.
a stick or lath used by harlequins, clowns, etc., as in pantomime, for striking other performers, especially a combination of laths that make a loud, clapping noise without hurting the person struck.
using, or marked by the use of, broad farce and horseplay: a slapstick motion picture.

1895–1900, Americanism; slap1 + stick1 Unabridged
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slapstick (ˈslæpˌstɪk)
1.  a.  comedy characterized by horseplay and physical action
 b.  (as modifier): slapstick humour
2.  a flexible pair of paddles bound together at one end, formerly used in pantomime to strike a blow to a person with a loud clapping sound but without injury

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Word Origin & History

"farcical physical comedy, horseplay," 1926, from slapstick (1896) a device consisting of two sticks fastened together so as to slap loudly when a clown or actor hits somebody with it, or to make a sound-effect offstage; from slap and stick.
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Example sentences
There are funny moments but almost none of the picture, except for outworn
  slapstick devices, is comedy at all.
His style was at once simple and antic, serious and slapstick, metaphoric and
Rather than being a silly one-off, the slapstick scene embodies the tone of the
  prehistoric miniseries.
Many games that do feature violence serve up a slapstick version.
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