deadpan
I. adjective Date: circa 1928 marked by an impassive matter-of-fact manner, style, or expression <
a deadpan comedy
>
deadpan adverb II. noun Date: circa 1930 1. a completely expressionless face 2. a deadpan manner of behavior or presentation III. transitive verb Date: circa 1942 to express in a deadpan manner • deadpanner noun

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