deadpan

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deadpan

1. verb To say something in an emotionless manner, often to humorous effect. "Oh, you'll get lots of peace and quiet here," he deadpanned as shrieking kids ran around him.
2. noun A face that lacks expression or emotion. His deadpan makes it impossible for me to ever know if he's being funny or serious.
3. noun One whose face lacks expression or emotion. He looked like a deadpan, so I had no idea what he was thinking.
4. noun Lacking expression or emotion. His deadpan delivery makes it impossible for me to ever know if he's being funny or serious.

deadpan

1. n. an expressionless face. (see also pan = face.) This guy has a super deadpan.
2. n. a person with an expressionless face. When you come on stage, look like a deadpan.
3. mod. dull and lifeless. (Usually said of a face, expression, etc.) He has such a deadpan approach to everything.
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First, a snap of a deadpan Posh wearing massive sunglasses, pretending to be a member of cabin crew on a flight to China.
His trademark is a deadpan expression and, in his younger days, Jack Dee had plenty to be down in the mouth about.