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Definition of "deadpan" []

  • A blank, expressionless face. (noun)
  • A person, especially a performer, who has or assumes a blank expression. (noun)
  • Impassively matter-of-fact, as in style, behavior, or expression: deadpan delivery of the joke. (adjective)
  • With a blank, expressionless face. (adverb)
  • To express in an impassive, matter-of-fact way. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deadpan" in a sentence
  • "Otherwise, if they just do what I call a deadpan interpretation, you miss the emphasis and you miss the real importance of what your Russian counterpart is saying."
  • "I ran up to find him lying there on fire while the game noted in deadpan text "Your friend is hurt"."
  • "[S] ly humor and a certain deadpan zaniness give literary conventions an ironic twist, with hilarious results."