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bur·lesque

 (bər-lĕsk′)
n.
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
v.tr.
To imitate mockingly or humorously: "always bringing junk ... home, as if he were burlesquing his role as provider" (John Updike).
v.intr.
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.

burlesque

(bɜːˈlɛsk)
n
1. (Art Terms) an artistic work, esp literary or dramatic, satirizing a subject by caricaturing it
2. a ludicrous imitation or caricature
3. (Theatre) a play of the 17th–19th centuries that parodied some contemporary dramatic fashion or event
4. (Theatre) theatre Also: burlesk US and Canadian a bawdy comedy show of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: the striptease eventually became one of its chief elements. Slang name: burleycue
adj
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of a burlesque
vb, -lesques, -lesquing or -lesqued
to represent or imitate (a person or thing) in a ludicrous way; caricature
[C17: from French, from Italian burlesco, from burla a jest, piece of nonsense]
burˈlesquely adv
burˈlesquer n

bur•lesque

(bərˈlɛsk)

n., adj., v. -lesqued, -lesquing. n.
1. a comic literary or dramatic piece that vulgarizes lofty material or elevates the ordinary.
2. any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature.
3. a stage show featuring comic, usu. bawdy skits and striptease acts.
adj.
4. involving ludicrous or mocking treatment of a solemn subject.
5. of, pertaining to, or like stage-show burlesque.
v.t.
6. to make ridiculous by mocking representation.
v.i.
7. to use burlesque or caricature.
[1650–60; < French < Italian burlesco, derivative of burl(a) jest]
syn: burlesque, caricature, parody, travesty refer to literary or dramatic forms that imitate works or subjects to achieve a humorous or satiric purpose. The characteristic device of burlesque is mockery of serious or trivial subjects through association with their opposites: a burlesque of high and low life. caricature, usu. associated with visual arts or with visual effects in literary works, implies exaggeration of characteristic details: The caricature emphasized his large nose. parody achieves its humor through application of the style or technique of a well-known work or author to unaccustomed subjects: a parody of Hemingway. travesty takes a serious subject and uses a style or language that seems incongruous or absurd: a travesty of a senator making a speech.

burlesque

- From French, which got it from Italian burlesco, a derivative of burla, "joke, fun"—which may have come from Latin burra, "trifle."
See also related terms for trifle.

burlesque

an exaggerated representation; grotesque parody or satire.
See also: Representation

burlesque


Past participle: burlesqued
Gerund: burlesquing

Imperative
burlesque
burlesque
Present
I burlesque
you burlesque
he/she/it burlesques
we burlesque
you burlesque
they burlesque
Preterite
I burlesqued
you burlesqued
he/she/it burlesqued
we burlesqued
you burlesqued
they burlesqued
Present Continuous
I am burlesquing
you are burlesquing
he/she/it is burlesquing
we are burlesquing
you are burlesquing
they are burlesquing
Present Perfect
I have burlesqued
you have burlesqued
he/she/it has burlesqued
we have burlesqued
you have burlesqued
they have burlesqued
Past Continuous
I was burlesquing
you were burlesquing
he/she/it was burlesquing
we were burlesquing
you were burlesquing
they were burlesquing
Past Perfect
I had burlesqued
you had burlesqued
he/she/it had burlesqued
we had burlesqued
you had burlesqued
they had burlesqued
Future
I will burlesque
you will burlesque
he/she/it will burlesque
we will burlesque
you will burlesque
they will burlesque
Future Perfect
I will have burlesqued
you will have burlesqued
he/she/it will have burlesqued
we will have burlesqued
you will have burlesqued
they will have burlesqued
Future Continuous
I will be burlesquing
you will be burlesquing
he/she/it will be burlesquing
we will be burlesquing
you will be burlesquing
they will be burlesquing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been burlesquing
you have been burlesquing
he/she/it has been burlesquing
we have been burlesquing
you have been burlesquing
they have been burlesquing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been burlesquing
you will have been burlesquing
he/she/it will have been burlesquing
we will have been burlesquing
you will have been burlesquing
they will have been burlesquing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been burlesquing
you had been burlesquing
he/she/it had been burlesquing
we had been burlesquing
you had been burlesquing
they had been burlesquing
Conditional
I would burlesque
you would burlesque
he/she/it would burlesque
we would burlesque
you would burlesque
they would burlesque
Past Conditional
I would have burlesqued
you would have burlesqued
he/she/it would have burlesqued
we would have burlesqued
you would have burlesqued
they would have burlesqued

burlesque

A coarse form of dramatic parody that seeks to entertain through distortion or ridicule, for example in the comic treatment of serious and well-known works.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.burlesque - a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humorburlesque - a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)
show - a social event involving a public performance or entertainment; "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
2.burlesque - a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous wayburlesque - a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
caricature, impersonation, imitation - a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
Verb1.burlesque - make a parody of; "The students spoofed the teachers"
mock - imitate with mockery and derision; "The children mocked their handicapped classmate"
travesty - make a travesty of
Adj.1.burlesque - relating to or characteristic of a burlesque; "burlesque theater"

burlesque

noun
1. parody, mockery, satire, caricature, send-up (Brit. informal), spoof (informal), travesty, takeoff (informal) The book read like a black comic burlesque.
adjective

burlesque

noun
A false, derisive, or impudent imitation of something:
verb
To copy (the manner or expression of another), especially in an exaggerated or mocking way:
Translations

burlesque

[bɜːˈlesk]
A. ADJburlesco
B. N
1. (= parody) → parodia f
2. (US) (Theat) → revista f de estriptise
C. VTparodiar
D. CPD burlesque show N (US) → revista f de estriptise

burlesque

[bɜːrˈlɛsk] n (= performance, writing) → parodie f

burlesque

n
(= parody)Parodie f; (Theat) → Burleske f; (Liter) → Persiflage f
(US Theat) → Varieté nt, → Varietee nt; (= show)Varietévorstellung f
adj
(= parodic)parodistisch; (Theat) → burlesk; (Liter) → persiflierend
(US Theat) → Varieté-; burlesque showVarietévorstellung f
vtparodieren; book, author, stylepersiflieren

burlesque

[bɜːˈlɛsk] nparodia
References in classic literature ?
At all hours of the day and night the sailors in the forecastle amused themselves and aggravated us by burlesquing our visit to royalty.