com·​ic | \ˈkä-mik \

Definition of comic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or marked by comedy a comic actor

2 : causing laughter or amusement : funny a comic monologue

3 : of or relating to comic strips the newspaper's comic section



Definition of comic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : comedian a stand-up comic

2 : the comic element

3a : comic strip

b : comic book

c comics plural : the part of a newspaper devoted to comic strips

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laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous, comic, comical mean provoking laughter or mirth. laughable applies to anything occasioning laughter. laughable attempts at skating ludicrous suggests absurdity that excites both laughter and scorn. a thriller with a ludicrous plot ridiculous suggests extreme absurdity, foolishness, or contemptibility. a ridiculous display of anger comic applies especially to what arouses thoughtful amusement. a comic character comical applies to what arouses spontaneous hilarity. a comical hat

Examples of comic in a Sentence


The drama has some comic moments. His comic timing is impeccable. The scene was included for comic effect.


posted an especially funny comic by the watercooler a celebrated humorist who, without fail, could find the comic in even the most mundane of situations
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The event will round out with its signature cosplay fashion show — where attendees dressed as their favorite (G-rated) comic, anime or action hero character, can walk the runway. Emily Bloch,, "Teen comic convention returns in Davie," 13 July 2018 That goal was fundamentally so impossible as to be comic, but his ordeal in its pursuit—materialized in the bodily scrimmages of his sculpture—conveys a desperate sincerity. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Giacometti’s Skinny Sublimity," 6 June 2018 Off-screen, real people dressed as the stop-motion comic characters and swung around the stage in agony. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "P!nk Sings 'Just a Girl' With Gwen Stefani & 6 More Highlights From LA Concert," 1 June 2018 Its first act, when the characters are youthful and callow, is delightfully comic. Julia M. Klein,, "Act II Playhouse's 'Camelot' a scaled-down yet powerful portrayal," 27 May 2018 Consider the recent explosion of black and POC sci-fi/comic genre characters that have been re-imagined as LGBTQ. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Is Making Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian ‘Pansexual’ an Assault on Black Manhood? Maybe, but Not in the Way You Think," 18 May 2018 Pak is an expert at taking tried and true comic characters and blowing them up into something huge and fresh. Luca Cimarusti, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books Greg Pak's Weapon H smashes together two of Marvel's most beloved heroes into a brilliantly over-the-top new series," 20 Apr. 2018 His fifth-act turn as Bacchus, leading the frenzied women in their sacrifice of Orpheus, was by turns comic and menacing. Special To The Plain Dealer,, "Apollo's Fire ascends with affecting production of 'L'Orfeo' (review)," 16 Apr. 2018 The tall and handsome Rossi typically opened with a song and then introduced one of Allen's comic characters: a punch-drunk fighter, Christopher Columbus, a clueless golfer. Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Marty Allen, Zany Comedian With a Crazy Hairdo, Dies at 95," 13 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now what was true of comics is becoming true of movies. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is Marvel Killing the Movies?," 1 May 2018 Anticipation is building for Netflix's reboot of Sabrina*, a Riverdale spin-off and reimagination of the The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics. Melissa Minton, Teen Vogue, ""Sabrina" Reboot Stars Kiernan Shipka and Ross Lynch Are All Smiles in First Look of Series," 4 Apr. 2018 Like a lot of famous comics, Shandling's zen-like qualities didn't include always enjoying his success. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Garry Shandling and Arthur Miller profiled in deeply personal HBO docs," 26 Mar. 2018 On the retail front, stores like Graham Crackers Comics of St. Charles are reporting a predictable uptick in the sales of Black Panther comics. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Heroes, leaders and innovators: Why representation in films like 'Black Panther' matters," 15 Feb. 2018 In all, the show includes about 250 covers that trace the evolution of comics over the last 50 years. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Comic books, a little history and the Four Tops," 17 Jan. 2018 Visit the workshop of Draghi to learn this intricate craft and admire its exceptional silver collection and Las Lilas Museum, with the fabulous collection of gaucho art, especially the famous Molina Campos paintings of gaucho comics. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016 Riverdale is a hit show its a darker version of the Archie comics. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "MTV Movie & TV Awards: Read Tiffany Haddish's "Bodak Yellow" Parody Lyrics and Opening Monologue," 19 June 2018 Tag and Bink were introduced in a series of comics as the Star Wars equivalent of Hamlet’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern—two goofy minor characters fumbling around in the background of the biggest moments of the Star Wars universe. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Solo: A Star Wars Story: Everything You Might Have Missed," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of comic


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1687, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for comic


Latin comicus, from Greek kōmikos, from kōmos revel

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English Language Learners Definition of comic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a comedy

: causing laughter or amusement



English Language Learners Definition of comic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who performs in front of an audience and makes people laugh by telling jokes or funny stories or by acting in a funny way

the comics : the comic strips in a newspaper : the part of a newspaper that has comic strips


com·​ic | \ˈkä-mik \

Kids Definition of comic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of comedy

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playful or foolish behavior

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