low comedy

low comedy
noun Date: 1608 comedy employing burlesque, horseplay, or the representation of low life — compare high comedy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • low comedy — low comedian. comedy that depends on physical action, broadly humorous or farcical situations, and often bawdy or vulgar jokes. Cf. high comedy. [1600 10] * * * ▪ drama       dramatic or literary entertainment with no underlying purpose except to …   Universalium

  • low comedy — n. a comedy that gets its effect mainly from action and situation, as burlesque, farce, slapstick, and horseplay, rather than from witty dialogue and characterization: cf. HIGH COMEDY …   English World dictionary

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  • low comedy — low′ com′edy n. lit. comedy based on slapstick, physical action, broadly humorous or farcical situations, and often bawdy jokes Compare high comedy • Etymology: 1600–10 low′ come′dian, n …   From formal English to slang

  • low comedy — noun a comedy characterized by slapstick and burlesque • Hypernyms: ↑comedy …   Useful english dictionary

  • low comedy — noun comedy bordering on farce …   English new terms dictionary

  • low comedy — /loʊ ˈkɒmədi/ (say loh komuhdee) noun comedy which depends on physical action and situation rather than on wit and dialogue …   Australian English dictionary

  • comedy — [käm′ə dē] n. pl. comedies [ME & OFr comedie < L comoedia < Gr kōmōidia < kōmos, revel, carousal + aeidein, to sing: see ODE] 1. Obs. a drama or narrative with a happy ending or nontragic theme [Dante s Divine Comedy] 2. a) any of… …   English World dictionary

  • comedy — Synonyms and related words: Atticism, Thalia, agile wit, arlequinade, black comedy, black humor, bladder, broad comedy, burlesque, burletta, camp, cap and bells, caricature, comedie bouffe, comedie larmoyante, comedie rosse, comedietta, comedy… …   Moby Thesaurus

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