mimic


1mim·ic

noun \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

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