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

Based on a comic series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is said to be nothing like the 1996 series Sabrina the Teenage Witch starring Melissa Joan Hart—but how so? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Everything We Know So Far," 13 Aug. 2018 The relationship between mothers and their children has always been rife for movie plotlines, from the comic (such as the Lindsay Lohan classic Freaky Friday) to the tragic (hello, Stepmom) to the seriously relatable. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "9 Best Mother's Day Movies," 10 May 2018 The most massive rap website to emerge from the era was WorldStarHipHop, which rewrote the template in comic sans and offered dystopian wormholes of street rap, twerking videos and amateur fistfights shakily taped on cellphones. Jeff Weiss, latimes.com, "How Instagram and YouTube help underground hip-hop artists and tastemakers find huge audiences," 4 July 2018 When James returned despite the comic sans foolishness, that was the agreement: Gilbert would spend and spend and then spend some more. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "Trade deadline deals make LeBron James happier and that's good enough for now -- Bud Shaw," 10 Feb. 2018 The trope-definining instance came in a 1994 Green Lantern comic, in which the hero discovers his girlfriend murdered and stuffed in their refrigerator. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Daredevil’s ‘suffering makes a man’ trope is common, familiar, and bad for everyone," 24 Oct. 2018 Gerace's staging is surprisingly dull considering all the vivid opportunities-comic, tragic, and monstrous-Williams hands him. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Raven Theatre can’t deliver on Suddenly Last Summer’s mythic, monstrous potential," 16 May 2018 That contrast between the two works is why the studio’s latest move, hiring Ava DuVernay to direct an adaptation of Jack Kirby’s New Gods comic, made so much sense. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Why Ava DuVernay and Warner Bros Are a Great Match," 18 Mar. 2018 Though employing less-nautical metaphors, the novel’s tongue-in-cheek title and comic-book dust jacket also give fair warning of Mr. Charyn’s intent. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King’ Review: A Rough Road to Power," 25 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The configuration with more storage will be ideal for those with big audiobook libraries and those who frequently read newspapers, comics, and manga, since those files tend to be larger than text-only e-books. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kindle Paperwhite 2018 review: A more premium e-reader at the right price," 7 Nov. 2018 The streaming service launched earlier this year, designed as a one-stop-shop for all things DC: comics, an archive of films and televisions shows, and its own slate of original programming. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "DC Universe’s Doom Patrol arrives on February 15th," 21 Dec. 2018 Though his presence loomed large in the world of comics, as his creations went mainstream, Lee became familiar to even those who’d never picked up a weekly serial. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Remembering Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics Legend, Dies at 95," 12 Nov. 2018 The two-hour movie breezes through the life of the late comic, who died of suicide in 2014 at age 63, months after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "HBO's Robin Williams film explores late comic's life, 'extremely difficult' final months," 13 July 2018 Alcon Media Group and Titan Publishing are partnering for a new line of comics, graphic novels and books based on the classic science fiction franchise. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alcon, Titan Partner For New 'Blade Runner' Comics and Books," 12 July 2018 Some attendees write comics themselves, or have podcasts and are here to see if anyone wants to come on as a guests, while others are fans who decided to come out. Andrea Thompson, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Visual Art / Gender Issues / LGBTQ+ Nerds unite at Challengers for Women’s Comics Night," 9 July 2018 For those who need a little bit of a refresher, Moose Mason is a Riverdale football player, a character taken straight from the comics. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Moose on "Riverdale"?," 7 Feb. 2019 One to four players take on the roles of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, and Egon Spengler (with additional character options from the comics, including a trained and ready-for-battle Janine). Giaco Furino, Popular Mechanics, "Gear Up for Ghostbustin' Mania with the Ghostbusters Board Game," 13 July 2016

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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 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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