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comic

adjective com·ic \ ˈkä-mik \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of comic

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

Examples of comic in a Sentence

  1. The drama has some comic moments.

  2. His comic timing is impeccable.

  3. The scene was included for comic effect.

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Origin and Etymology of comic

Latin comicus, from Greek kōmikos, from kōmos revel

Synonym Discussion of 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

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comic

noun

Definition of comic

1 : comedian
  • a stand-up comic
2 : the comic element
3 a : comic strip
c comics plural : the part of a newspaper devoted to comic strips

Examples of comic in a Sentence

  1. posted an especially funny comic by the watercooler

  2. a celebrated humorist who, without fail, could find the comic in even the most mundane of situations

Recent Examples of comic from the Web

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First Known Use of comic

1687



COMIC Defined for English Language Learners

comic

adjective

Definition of comic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a comedy

  • : causing laughter or amusement


comic

noun

Definition of comic for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMIC Defined for Kids

comic

adjective com·ic \ ˈkä-mik \

Definition of comic for Students

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of comedy
2 : 1funny 1


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