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Borrowed from Yiddish שטיק(shtik, shtick, act, piece). Cognate with German Stück, Dutch stuk. Doublet of shtuka and steck.



shtick (plural shticks)

  1. a generally humorous routine
    • 1995, quoting Rik, MacUser, volume 11, MacUser Publications, page 147:
      But even great shtick can get old real fast: the dreaded Saturday Night Live syndrome.
    • 2012 August 21, Jason Heller, “The Darkness: Hot Cakes (Music Review)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Self-mythology has always been part of The Darkness’ shtick, but here Hawkins and crew forget to back it up with music catchy enough to transcend the solipsism.
  2. A characteristic trait or theme, especially in the way people or media present themselves.
    • 2014 January 21, Hermione Hoby, “Julia Roberts interview for August: Osage County – 'I might actually go to hell for this ...': Julia Roberts reveals why her violent, Oscar-nominated performance in August: Osage County made her feel 'like a terrible person' [print version: 'I might actually go to hell for this ...' (18 January 2014, p. R4)]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[2]:
      [H]owever hard she pushed the tough-talkin' shtick, she remained doe-eyed, glowing and somehow unassailably demure.
  3. A gimmick.