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1. A literary or dramatic work that makes fun of something, often by means of outlandish exaggeration.
2. A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty: The antics of the defense attorneys turned the trial into a burlesque of justice.
3. A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing, and striptease.
v. bur·lesqued, bur·lesqu·ing, bur·lesques
To imitate mockingly or humorously: "always bringing junk ... home, as if he were burlesquing his role as provider" (John Updike).
To use the methods or techniques of burlesque.

[From French, comical, from Italian burlesco, from burla, joke, probably from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *burrula, diminutive of Late Latin burrae, nonsense, from burra, wool.]

bur·lesque′ adj.
bur·lesque′ly adv.
bur·lesqu′er n.
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I was truly a burlesquer a time when it was becoming much more about anatomy, and very little about burlesque.
Or how necessary is it to have Ann Corio, a fellow burlesquer and the matchmaker for Lou and his wife Anne, testify that the Apollo Theater manager, Emmett Callahan, agreed in the most routine way to Bud and Lou's request for release from their contract to take a gig at Atlantic City brokered by their new and eventually permanent manager, Eddie Sherman?