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 project is based on the comic written by Jack Kirby, which focuses on immortal beings with superpowers called Eternals and their counterparts, the Deviants. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Could Be Starring in a Marvel Superhero Movie," 28 Mar. 2019 But in 2019, the WHCA is breaking with tradition, and has asked historian Ron Chernow to give a speech instead of hiring a comic to front the evening. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Historian Ron Chernow Will Speak at the 2019 White House Correspondents' Dinner," 19 Nov. 2018 For a comic novelist, such human pretension is a gift. Jay Fielden, New York Times, "What Do Mark Twain, Carpentry and Commodes Have in Common?," 13 June 2018 Nobody blends the outlandish and the otherworldly like comic novelist Christopher Moore. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arundhati Roy, David Sedaris and 8 more authors you need to see in Milwaukee," 9 Mar. 2018 In fact, the Iron Man Kona is only the latest product from the Korean automaker to enter into the comic-book universe; the new Veloster hatchback was featured in the 2018 film Ant-Man and the Wasp, starring master thespian Paul Rudd. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "With the 2019 Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition, MCU Means Marvel Car Universe," 10 May 2019 The divide was sort of comic, the benefactors in Dries Van Noten and the fawning fangirls in CDG. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“It’s Hard to Find Interesting New Things”—A Chat with Rei Kawakubo as She Wins the Noguchi Award," 3 May 2019 Though it’s set on Halloween, The Body is more darkly comic than scary. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Hulu’s horror anthology Into the Dark represents the good and bad sides of Blumhouse Productions," 5 Oct. 2018 Bild Lilli was a single-panel comic character in a German tabloid — a sweet, ditzy, curvy figment of the male imagination, frequently losing her clothes and enjoying the company of men. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Barbie's 60th Birthday Wish Was to Be More Inclusive. Now What?," 2 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The game will be established within continuity, making it a key part of the ever-expanding Star Wars mythos alongside the films, novels, and comics. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Is 'Fallen Order' the 'Star Wars' Game Fans Have Been Looking For?," 8 June 2019 Day 1: Cooking, comics, and craft beer 9 a.m. Start your Saturday with members of Geneva’s English-speaking community at Feed the Needy soup kitchen. Jharna Thakkar, National Geographic, "Geneva's hidden gems: the ultimate weekend itinerary," 30 May 2019 While there are pictures of Han Solo in the background of many of his videos, Aguilar pays tribute to another famous sci-fi renegade: Tony Stark, the billionaire inventor from Marvel comics and Avengers movies. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Engineer Teen Builds His Own Prosthesis From Lego," 8 Feb. 2019 Katy Keene is the next comic that's currently in the works to make its TV debut. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "Riverdale"'s New Spin-Off, "Katy Keene"," 24 Jan. 2019 While Marvel rebooted the comics series this year, for most readers, it was defined by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s original run, which introduced the characters in 2003. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 2 of Runaways forges a bold new path — eventually," 21 Dec. 2018 The comic’s comics Maria Bamford: Last year, Hannibal Buress arguably outshone the headliners with a devastatingly funny multimedia performance for a packed crowd in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "What the Clusterfest? The Chronicle’s guide to navigating the comedy festival — banana stand included," 25 May 2018 Stewart Huff: Critically Thinkin’’ The stand-up comic thinks Americans need to start thinking more and makes his point in a shrewd show full of humor that doesn’t require political jabs. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Fringe: Sentinel's Best of the Fest," 23 May 2018 The comic will perform at Tempe Improv from May 10-12. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Weekend fun: Comedy show; horse expo, family 5K, wine walk," 8 May 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

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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