[ UK /dˈɛdpæn/ ]
[ US /ˈdɛdˌpæn/ ]
  1. without betraying any feeling
    she told the joke deadpan
  1. deliberately impassive in manner
    deadpan humor
    his face remained expressionless as the verdict was read
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How To Use deadpan In A Sentence

  • Those of you too lazy to hit the last link won't understand this, but the key to a successful performance of this story is to remain deadpan. Literary Death Match: Wednesday Night in Washington Square Park
  • His features were deadpan but his voice was bursting with emotion.
  • In conversation he speaks with the measured tone of a comic actor used to delivering deadpan one-liners. Times, Sunday Times
  • It has been widely called overlong, empty, boring, and deadpan.
  • He is a gifted storyteller with a deadpan sense of humour and the book is a rollicking read. Times, Sunday Times
  • She delivered her monologue in a deadpan voice.
  • He plays it deadpan, with impeccable style and fastidious attention to detail, but of course that only enhances the absurdity.
  • Stiles especially shows a talent for deadpan comedy that very few of her recent films have given her the opportunity to show.
  • The Fates are aligned in the form of the title outfit, led by a no-nonsense operative named Richardson, played by John Slattery in a crafty, deadpan take. Ann Hornaday reviews 'The Adjustment Bureau,' an ambitious, impressive thriller
  • There is something cartoonish about him - dangling arms, head that looks like its rolling off his neck, lumpish face and deadpan expression.
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