comic

adjective
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

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 The Adventures of Lois and Clark had its title characters marry at the same time as their comic-book counterparts, and The CW’s new Superman and Lois gives the married couple teenage twin sons. Oliver Sava, Vulture, "WandaVision’s Real Big Bad Was Marriage All Along," 26 Feb. 2021 Why, of all the comic-book premises, would America in 2021 be captivated by a story about someone escaping inside classic TV as a refuge from trauma? James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘WandaVision’ Lives Inside TV. Just Like We Do.," 25 Feb. 2021 The flying, crazy-strong rodent might also be the key to getting Flora's parents, an aspiring comic-book artist (Ben Schwartz) and a struggling romance novelist (Alyson Hannigan), back together. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Hulu's 'Nomadland,' Netflix's 'I Care a Lot,' Disney+'s 'Flora & Ulysses'," 19 Feb. 2021 Crenshaw loosens his tie, removes his shirt, and parachutes into Georgia like a comic-book superhero, landing on the car of some unsuspecting antifa members, who wail in terror. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "The Twisted “Patriotism” of the Far Right," 5 Feb. 2021 Not her father, the comic writer Thomas Love Peacock, then in his seventies, nor any of his family. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, "An Undisappearing Act," 17 Nov. 2020 Another legendary comic writer, Alan Moore, coined the designation ″616″ to refer to the Marvel universe's place in a larger multiverse. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Learn about comics' real-life impact with trailer for Marvel's 616 documentary series," 29 Sep. 2020 For a comic character whose series was discontinued in 2019, the Punisher still has a huge following. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "The Punisher, a comic book character, is now a symbol of defiance used by both police and rioters," 12 Feb. 2021 But despite all the colorful outfits, the ’80s pop tunes, and the overzealous editing, the film just hangs there, unable to muster any comic energy or visual inventiveness. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Louise Linton’s Sex-Cannibal Comedy, Me You Madness, Is Here, and It Is Not Good," 12 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shuri was first introduced in a 2005 comic as T’Challa’s intelligent, ambitious younger sister who has her own dreams of becoming Wakanda's ruler. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Why Shuri Could (& Should) Become The Next Black Panther," 1 Mar. 2021 The comic known for her voice work as well as frank discussions of her struggles with mental illness performs stand-up comedy live. Los Angeles Times, "22 weekend culture picks: A Belafonte birthday bash with Jay-Z and Tiffany Haddish," 25 Feb. 2021 And similar to the coffee’s origin story, the inventive comic is the result of an artistic partnership between a band member and a creator from outside of the band’s usual orbit. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "The Toadies make more than just music: New coffee and comic hit the shelves," 3 Feb. 2021 The red-hot comic continues to use her fame to spotlight underappreciated standups in a second season of showcase specials. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "Beloved Minnesota band revisits its trampling grounds and 7 more things to watch this week," 28 Jan. 2021 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are certainly targetable; as Dana Carvey showed us with George H.W. Bush, the right comic can find absurdity in even the more boring presidents. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "This week’s TV: Biden-era ‘SNL,’ the story of QAnon, and slavery in Jamaica," 25 Jan. 2021 Based on the comic of the same name, this additional Marvel show for Disney+ is about the adventures of a young superhero named Kamala Khan (played by Iman Vellani) who is a mentee of Captain Marvel. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "These Are the 17 Must-Watch TV Shows of 2021," 6 Jan. 2021 Much like Gaiman's original book, the comic is divided into several short stories. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The best new comics to read in November: Crossing streams, eternal recurrence," 10 Nov. 2020 The writer of the comic, Peter David, wrote out multiple pages’ worth of narrative about SLM — and Stan’s people told him to excise them almost entirely. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "Stan Lee and the Dot-Com Disaster," 12 Feb. 2021

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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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4 Mar 2021

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“Comic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comic. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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comic

adjective

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

comic

adjective
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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