meaning of burlesque

burlesque meaning in General Dictionary

to use burlesque

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  • To ridicule or even make ludicrous by grotesque representation doing his thing or perhaps in language
  • Ludicrous representation exaggerated parody grotesque satire
  • Tending to excite laughter or contempt by extravagant photos or by a contrast involving the subject and also the method of dealing with it as when a trifling subject is addressed with mock gravity jocular ironical
  • concerning or characteristic of a burlesque
  • make a parody of
  • a theatrical entertainment of wide and earthy humor; includes comic skits and quick turns (and quite often striptease)
  • a composition that imitates or misrepresents a person's style, often in a humorous way
  • Tending to excite laughter or contempt by extravagant pictures, or by a contrast amongst the topic plus the method of managing it, as when a trifling topic is addressed with mock gravity; jocular; ironical.
  • Ludicrous representation; exaggerated parody; grotesque satire.
  • An ironical or satirical composition meant to excite laughter, or to ridicule anything.
  • A ludicrous imitation; a caricature; a travesty; a gross perversion.
  • To ridicule, or even make ludicrous by grotesqueu000du000a representation for action or in language.
  • To employ burlesque.

burlesque meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1660s, "derisive replica, grotesque parody," from French burlesque (16c.), from Italian burlesco, from burla "joke, fun, mockery," perhaps finally from later Latin burra "trifle, nonsense," literally "flock of wool." Contemporary feeling of "variety program featuring striptease" is US English, 1870. Originally (1857) "the sketches at the end of minstrel shows." As a verb, from 1670s.


burlesque meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) looking after excite laughter or contempt by extravagant pictures, or by a contrast amongst the subject additionally the types of dealing with it, as when a trifling subject is addressed with mock gravity; jocular; ironical.

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  • (n.) Ludicrous representation; exaggerated parody; grotesque satire.
  • (n.) An ironical or satirical structure intended to excite laughter, or even to ridicule something.
  • (letter.) A ludicrous imitation; a caricature; a travesty; a gross perversion.
  • (v. t.) To ridicule, or even make ludicrous by grotesque representation for action or perhaps in language.
  • (v. i.) To employ burlesque.

Sentence Examples with the word burlesque

It is desultory to a degree; it is a base libel on religion and history; it differs from its model Ariosto in being, not, as Ariosto is, a mixture of romance and burlesque, but a sometimes tedious tissue of burlesque pure and simple; and it is exposed to the objection - often and justly urged - that much of its fun depends simply on the fact that there were and are many people who believe enough in Christianity to make its jokes give pain to them and to make their disgust at such jokes piquant to others.

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