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



Definition of comic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : comedian a stand-up comic

2 : the comic element

3a : comic strip

b : comic book

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


The drama has some comic moments. His comic timing is impeccable. The scene was included for comic effect.


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 film will also take place in the '80s and will not follow in the steps of a traditional comic-book movie, but appear more like a gritty crime drama, according to Variety. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Joaquin Phoenix officially set to star as The Joker in new origin movie," 10 July 2018 But as Marvel continues to dig into its rich comic-book universe for its movies, particularly Doctor Strange (whom Ditko created), more people than ever are watching stories inspired by his genius. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Spider-Man: Homecoming paid homage to Steve Ditko," 7 July 2018 The streaming channel FilmStruck currently features Cagney as its star of the week, collecting some of his best gangster films (The Public Enemy, White Heat) but also some, noted below, that showcase his skill as a dancer and comic actor. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Crime / Dance / Film / On Video / Small Screen James Cagney is more than just a tough-guy as FilmStruck's Star of the Week," 3 July 2018 The easygoing comic actor snags laughs by his lonesome, simply by providing deadpan reactions and blithe non sequiturs while others strain for effect. Michael Phillips,, "'Tag' review: Don't these guys have anything else to do?," 14 June 2018 So there’s this comedian and comic actor who goes by Retta. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Actual Factual Cobb: A hookup from Cobb gave NBC star her stage name," 7 June 2018 In 1998, comic actor Phil Hartman, 49, of ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ fame was shot to death at his home in Encino, Calif., by his wife, Brynn, who then killed herself., "This day in history," 28 May 2018 In looks and manner, Campbell evokes the comic actor Gene Wilder. San Francisco Chronicle, "Atop Salesforce Tower, one of the world’s highest works of public art comes to light," 20 May 2018 The cast includes some of the Valley’s best comic actors, including in-house stars Debra K. Stevens and Katie McFadzen as well as the irrepressible Louis Farber, of the Stray Cat Theatre family, cast against type as Flora’s very-repressible dad. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Bite-size theater reviews: 'Flora and Ulysses,' 'Bury the Hatchet,' 'Godspell'," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Image Michelle Buteau is another explosive New York comic who has been the highlight of many local shows without ever getting a big break. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "A Netflix Experiment Gives Deserving Comics Their 15 Minutes," 2 July 2018 Florida SuperCon is for fans of comics, cosplay, anime, and video games. Mike Stocker,, "Video: Florida Supercon fans show off their stunning costumes," 14 July 2018 Meanwhile, outrage seeps through the pores of talk-show hosts, and award-show emcees, and sketch shows, and stand-up comics, not to mention the most explicitly political performances on cable news. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Explosion of the ‘Cons As San Diego’s Comic-Con has steadily mushroomed in size and popularity over the years so, too, has the sheer number of comics-centric conventions around the U.S. and the world. Lori Weisberg,, "No Marvel or HBO? No big deal, San Diego Comic-Con observers say," 25 June 2018 Orlando Comedy Festival Not to be confused with the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, this is a one-night, nine-hour lineup of touring and local comics, sketch comedy troupes and improv. Trevor Fraser,, "Date Night: New ways for making yourself sick," 21 June 2018 Other fast food sellers, from Wendy's to Dominos and even those social media comics at Netflix, joined a veritable pile on. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Where's the beef? IHOP, er, IHOB brings it with marketing stunt that triggers burger chains," 11 June 2018 In addition to a great night of comics, the drinks are inexpensive and certainly pack a punch. Avery Newmark, ajc, "7 low-key date ideas for Atlanta's chill couples," 8 June 2018 One website, TVLine, is guessing that the star in question is Kathy Griffin, the comic who got into trouble – and was investigated by the Secret Service – for creating an image of Donald Trump’s severed head. Matthew Gilbert,, "Showtime hypes ‘the most dangerous show in the history’ of TV," 4 July 2018

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


com·ic | \ˈkä-mik \

Kids Definition of comic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of comedy

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