1. marked by or accomplished with a careful pretense of seriousness or calm detachment; impassive or expressionless: deadpan humor.
  2. displaying no emotional or personal involvement: a deadpan style.


  1. in a deadpan manner: He spoke his lines utterly deadpan.

verb (used with or without object), dead·panned, dead·pan·ning.

  1. to behave or perform in a deadpan manner.

noun Also dead pan.

  1. a face showing no expression.
  2. a style of comedy that relies on the comedian’s maintaining such a face.

adjective, adverb

  1. with a deliberately emotionless face or mannerdeadpan humour

1928, from dead (adj.) + pan (n.) in slang sense of “face.”

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