comic

adjective
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

comic

noun

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

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Adjective

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

And yes, within the comic-book elements are pure cartoon segments. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Pure fun flies by in ‘zip-zap-zop’ fashion," 10 Dec. 2018 Midge gets a job at a B. Altman makeup counter, a place that a Jewish male comic writer would have her shop, never work. Marjorie Ingall, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 4 Dec. 2018 The longtime Brentwood estate of late comic and writer Garry Shandling is returning to market as a development opportunity for $13 million. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Former Brentwood estate of comedy great Garry Shandling is listed for $13 million," 14 June 2018 Is there a comic writer working today who is more adept at sociopolitical commentary than Mark Russell? Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #38: Next Gen mirror mini wraps, new Judge Dredd drops and more in new comics," 30 May 2018 Nick Pappas, a comic and writer, was blocked after replying to the president in June. John Herrman, New York Times, "Trump’s Blocking of Twitter Users Is Unconstitutional, Judge Says," 23 May 2018 At the same time, Marvel has retained the character’s core elements, as carefully constructed by visionary comic writer Jim Starlin. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Avengers: Infinity War' Has Delivered the Definitive Thanos," 28 Apr. 2018 Read more: The movie comes from Pierfrancesco Diliberto, the comic writer, star and director better known as Pif. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Italian Film Festival kicks off Wednesday with screening at the DFT," 31 Mar. 2018 The Marx Brothers worked with some of the most talented comic writers in history, Kaufmann, Perelman, Morrie Ryskind, and songwriters such as Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Frank Ferrante in 'Groucho': A loving look at a comic hero (and crowd-worker)," 19 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stan Lee died today at the age of 95, leaving behind one of the biggest legacies in comics. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Farewell to Stan Lee, a Marvel Comics Legend," 12 Nov. 2018 Cosby’s reputation sank after comedian Hannibal Buress brought up the numerous rape allegations against the comic in 2014. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years for drugging, raping Andrea Constand," 25 Sep. 2018 Their twin sons Andrew and James were named after Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who portrayed the madcap comic in Man on the Moon. Duane Byrge, Billboard, "Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director of 'Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Amadeus,' Dies at 86," 14 Apr. 2018 The six comics in the second season are Rachel Feinstein, Kyle Kinane, Joe List, Brent Morin, Aparna Nancherla and Gina Yashere. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "On TV, March 20: ‘The Standups’ back on Netflix," 20 Mar. 2018 The comic, especially in its most recent incarnations as rendered by the writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, has worked to expunge Eurocentric misconceptions of Africa—and the film’s imagery and thematic material follow suit. Jamil Smith, TIME.com, "Black Panther," 8 Feb. 2018 One of, if not the best clean comics in the business, Brian Regan brings his hilarious show to the Aronoff Center for the Arts next Thursday, January 25th. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: Chris Mack and the Xavier Way," 18 Jan. 2018 Besides last year's conference, the Honey Badgers have only convened at smaller meet-ups, such as one at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo in April, where their time was cut short owing to an incident at a panel on women in comics. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "Hear Them Roar: Meet the Honey Badgers, the Women Behind the Men's Rights Movement," 18 Sep. 2015 But there’s also a rich tapestry of stories in the comics, stories that are every bit as good or even better as the ones onscreen today, that Marvel hasn’t delved into yet. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "2018 belonged to Black Panther. And it could change Marvel’s future.," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of comic

Adjective

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for comic

Adjective

Latin comicus, from Greek kōmikos, from kōmos revel

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comic

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English Language Learners Definition of comic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a comedy

: causing laughter or amusement

comic

noun

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

comic

adjective
com·​ic | \ ˈkä-mik \

Kids Definition of comic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of comedy

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