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

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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 Buck Henry, the impish screenwriter whose wry, satirical sensibility brought comic electricity to The Graduate, What’s Up, Doc?, To Die For and TV’s Get Smart, died on Jan. 8 at the age of 89. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Notable Deaths 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 Founded by prankster Alan Abel, the group took comic aim at ‘‘uptight, silly morality chasers,’’ as Mr. Henry put it. Harrison Smith,, "Buck Henry, ‘Graduate’ screenwriter who cocreated ‘Get Smart,’ dies at 89," 9 Jan. 2020 The Nanny, Fran Drescher’s iconically comic sitcom from the ’90s, is being developed as a musical by way of Drescher herself, series creator Peter Marc Jacobson, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom. Nick Romano,, "The Nanny musical in the works for Broadway by way of Fran Drescher, Rachel Bloom," 8 Jan. 2020 Bruce McCall, now eighty-four, has been contributing comic prose and covers to The New Yorker for forty years. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Bruce McCall’s “A Brush with Greatness”," 6 Jan. 2020 The movie closes with her alone with the comic-relief robot, which is really not the same. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Imagining a Better End to The Rise of Skywalker," 4 Jan. 2020 In a Tumblr post, co-writer of the comic Kieron Gillen confirmed that Sera is trans. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Fans Think Marvel’s First Trans Superhero Will Be In Thor: Love and Thunder," 2 Jan. 2020 On Griffin's long-running TV talk show that began in 1962, the fun-loving Sheldon was front and center for 16 years after being hired for Mort Lindsey's band and enjoyed rich comic banter with the host, a big band singer himself. Mike Barnes, Billboard, "Jack Sheldon, Famed Trumpeter and Merv Griffin Sidekick, Dies at 88," 31 Dec. 2019 Amazon focused an entire show on a female stand-up comic with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and turned a one-woman show into an Emmy-winning powerhouse with Fleabag. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "The 19 Best Shows of a Decade That Queered Television," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Bee was, as usual, ahead of the pack, but these days it’s becoming common for even left-leaning comics to mock Thunberg. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Greta Thunberg Is a Joke," 8 Jan. 2020 One of the most famous anti-war novels of the 20th century will be coming to comics later this year, with Boom! Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Slaughterhouse-Five' Comic Launching in September," 8 Jan. 2020 She's also known in the comics for her sword, which makes a brief appearance here, emerging from her arm. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Latest trailer for long-delayed The New Mutants ratchets up the horror," 6 Jan. 2020 But few take the time to consider that comics are doing more than simply entertaining or educating. Mary Widdicks, Quartz, "The visual language of comic books can improve brain function," 2 Jan. 2020 Murphy, as charismatic a live comic as anyone in his generation—and many others--didn't perform live comedy for 28 years. Bill Carter, CNN, "Eddie Murphy's enduring mark on 'SNL,' the show he helped save from the brink," 21 Dec. 2019 Wakanda first appeared in the Fantastic Four comic in 1966, and reappeared when Black Panther was adapted into an Oscar-winning film last year. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "U.S. Government Lists Fictional Nation From Marvel Movie Black Panther as Trade Partner in Bureaucratic Mishap," 19 Dec. 2019 As Doctor Manhattan put it in the comic, nothing ever ends. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Watchmen Gives Its Heroes a True Ending," 16 Dec. 2019 Her impressive comic skills made Aunt March a character to remember. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Theater Best of 2019: Featured actress, musical," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

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“Comic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of comic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a comedy
: causing laughter or amusement



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


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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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