Example sentences for: deadpan

How can you use “deadpan” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Such objects, with their elliptical wit, return us to the dark side of still life; these bones and cages and tacks and thermometers offer a deadpan answer to what life is: C'est la vie.

  • These monochrome "accumulations," as repetitively patterned as the infinity nets, have a deadpan wit quite different from Claes Oldenburg's squishily theatrical hamburgers and lipsticks, with which they were sometimes shown in early Pop Art exhibitions.

  • He keeps the action slightly remote and the jokes deadpan, and the upshot is that the audience almost never stops giggling.

  • Ironists run a continual risk: if they nudge too hard and use too broad an irony, they risk sounding facetious; if they stay deadpan and use too subtle an irony, they sound in earnest and risk being taken literally.

  • Like other blockbusters, it may suffer from a "perilously thin" plot (Anthony Lane, The New Yorker ), but that's "the least important thing" about the movie ( Newsweek ). Instead, reviewers revel in its deadpan humor, stylish costumes, and comic performances, particularly that of Tommy Lee Jones--"registering levels of cool that would cause most actors to snap in half" (Lane).


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