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1mimic

noun mim·ic \ˈmi-mik\

: a person who copies the behavior or speech of other people : a person who mimics other people; also : an animal that naturally looks like something else

Full Definition of MIMIC

1
:  mime 2
2
:  one that mimics

Examples of MIMIC

  1. <a gifted mimic who can do a terrific imitation of anyone's voice>
  2. <a mimic in black clothes and white facial makeup>

First Known Use of MIMIC

1596

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

Rhymes with MIMIC

2mimic

adjective

Definition of MIMIC

1
a :  imitative
b :  imitation, mock <a mimic battle>
2
:  of or relating to mime or mimicry

Examples of MIMIC

  1. <police were concerned that the mimic gun, although intended only as a toy, might be confused with the real thing in certain situations>
  2. <a mimic battle fought by kids playing around in the schoolyard>

Origin of MIMIC

Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mime
First Known Use: 1625

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

Rhymes with MIMIC

3mimic

verb

: to copy (someone or someone's behavior or speech) especially for humor

: to create the appearance or effect of (something)

: to naturally look like (something)

mim·icked \-mikt\ mim·ick·ing

Full Definition of MIMIC

transitive verb
1
:  to imitate closely :  ape
2
:  to ridicule by imitation
3
:  simulate
4
:  to resemble by biological mimicry

Examples of MIMIC

  1. She has a talent for mimicking famous actresses.
  2. The lamp mimics natural sunlight.
  3. a butterfly that mimics a leaf

First Known Use of MIMIC

1671

Synonym Discussion of MIMIC

copy, imitate, mimic, ape, mock mean to make something so that it resembles an existing thing. copy suggests duplicating an original as nearly as possible <copied the painting and sold the fake as an original>. imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation <imitate a poet's style>. mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation <pupils mimicking their teacher>. ape may suggest presumptuous, slavish, or inept imitating of a superior original <American fashion designers aped their European colleagues>. mock usually implies imitation with derision <mocking a vain man's pompous manner>.
MIMICKING Defined for Kids

1mimic

noun mim·ic \ˈmi-mik\

Definition of MIMIC for Kids

:  a person or animal that imitates something or someone <Parrots can be excellent mimics of human speech.>

2mimic

verb
mim·ickedmim·ick·ing

Definition of MIMIC for Kids

1
:  to imitate very closely <She can mimic her favorite actress.>
2
:  to make fun of by imitating <Stop mimicking everything I say.>

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