shaggy-dog
adjective Date: 1946 of, relating to, or being a long-drawn-out circumstantial story concerning an inconsequential happening that impresses the teller as humorous or interesting but the hearer as boring and pointless; also of, relating to, or being a similar humorous story whose humor lies in the pointlessness or irrelevance of the punch line <
a shaggy-dog comedy
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