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mimic

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noun mim·ic \ˈmi-mik\

Simple Definition of mimic

  • : 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. 1 :  mime 2

  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>



1596

First Known Use of mimic

1596

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Rhymes with mimic


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mimic

adjective mim·ic

Definition of mimic

  1. 1 a :  imitative b :  imitation, mock <a mimic battle>

  2. 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


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mimic

verb mim·ic

Simple Definition of mimic

  • : 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)

Full Definition of mimic

mim·icked play \-mikt\ mim·ick·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to imitate closely :  ape

  3. 2 :  to ridicule by imitation

  4. 3 :  simulate

  5. 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



1671

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>.


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