com·​ic | \ ˈkä-mik How to pronounce comic (audio) \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for comic


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

Adjective The drama has some comic moments. His comic timing is impeccable. The scene was included for comic effect. Noun 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But the writers and artists behind the source material for so much onscreen content — the comic books themselves — are big celebrities here, too. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2022 Tallent is the author of Running the Light, a breakout 2020 novel that details the glorious chaos of being a professional road comic. Lee Keeler, SPIN, 10 May 2022 Now in its 33rd year, the GLAAD Media Awards celebrates television, film, music, comic books and journalism that have represented breakthroughs and advancements in LGBTQ+ representation. Michael Schneider, Variety, 9 May 2022 Select stores will give away comic books to celebrate the beloved medium that brought us timeless superheroes like Spider-Man and Batman. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 7 May 2022 Many local shops in the Greater Cleveland area celebrated today by offering a large selection of free comic books. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, 7 May 2022 Bringing in the Illuminati from the comic books is a pretty big deal. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 7 May 2022 Comic book stores across the country will be offering a standard collection of 46 comic books. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2022 Crow was an indie comic written and drawn by James O’Barr in the late 1980s that told the dark tale of a man and his fiancee who are assaulted and killed by a gang after the couple’s car breaks down. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kraven was first introduced in 1964's The Amazing Spider-Man comic, which was written by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Jen Juneau,, 9 May 2022 That comic has the look and feel of a big budget movie with its bevy of Marvel superheroes surrounding an imposing villain. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Fans posted videos of a man tacking Chappelle to the ground during the comic’s set. Ben Flanagan |, al, 4 May 2022 This sour pickle of an old-school comic as the basis for a musical? Frank Rizzo, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Levinson had specifically wanted to enlist an experienced comic to punch-up scenes with humor, and Reiser's improv greatly expanded his part. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 20 Apr. 2022 My condolences to the family and friends of this genius comic, artist, and provocateur. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 My condolences to the family and friends of this genius comic, artist, and provocateur. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 In fact, Zelenskyy, the former comic-turned-president and now wartime hero, thanked Will and Kate in a tweet on Tuesday. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Comic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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com·​ic | \ ˈkä-mik How to pronounce comic (audio) \

Kids Definition of comic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of comedy

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