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 Mason was watched by a total of 1.7 million viewers across all platforms — that's more than the comic drama Watchmen (1.5 million) or the Stephen King adaptation The Outsider (1.2 million). James Hibberd,, "Perry Mason surprises with HBO's biggest ratings debut in years," 22 June 2020 Great Debate panels at comic cons hosted across the country in the past few years comes this half hour show where celebrities will debate on a variety of topics. Katey Clifford, oregonlive, "Nerd out with ‘The Great Debate’ premiere | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 19 June 2020 Superheroes have swarmed comic-book stores, movie theaters, and TV., "Assembly lines at auto factories to halt to commemorate end of slavery," 18 June 2020 This became a meme in the early 2000s, when the online comic Penny Arcade posted its take on the handheld's biggest shortcoming. Brendan Nystedt, Wired, "Retro Hackers Are Building a Better Nintendo Game Boy," 10 June 2020 Judging by the trailer, the film will hew closely to the original comic story arc. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A detective hunts a costumed vigilante in Major Grom: Plague Doctor trailer," 4 June 2020 Paul’s Lear-like antisocial behavior slices through otherwise comic scenes, in a tense interplay of styles whose subtlety makes the gunfire look boring. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods Takes On the Black Trauma of Vietnam," 12 June 2020 The elaborate sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' groundbreaking comic-book graphic novel and alternate history waded deeply into America's racial history, and specifically, the 1921 riots against African Americans in Tulsa. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Why 'Watchmen' is getting a second look for its approach to race," 11 June 2020 Here’s why: Diamond has had a virtual monopoly on distribution of comics and graphic novels to comic shops since the mid-1990s. cleveland, "‘Insane bombshell’ in comics distribution world: Captain Comics," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The comic known for her voice work as well as her frank discussions about struggles with mental illness performs in this stand-up show. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Frida Kahlo photos at Catalina Island Museum: Your weekend must-see," 27 June 2020 Bolton's depiction of Trump behind the scenes ranges from the shocking to the comic. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: John Bolton says Trump's White House 'like living inside a pinball machine'," 23 June 2020 Shuici [Sakuma, in Japan], there was a comic that had been written about him. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Bryce Dallas Howard on the surprising parallels between Dads and The Mandalorian," 19 June 2020 Asterix is a highly political comic, in many directions. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Asterix Comes to America," 16 June 2020 The comic is illustrated by Joel Jackson, a respected artist who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. cleveland, "Strongsville comic book creator has high hopes for superhero Stealth Hammer," 12 June 2020 The comic also had harsh words for conservative commentator Candace Owens and Fox TV host Laura Ingraham. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Dave Chappelle drops hard-hitting '8:46' special," 12 June 2020 By then American audiences had already come to think of Japan as its own sort of fantasyland, the creator of manga comics, Nintendo, and the adorable force known as Hello Kitty. Marc Bain, Quartz, "How Japan’s global image morphed from military empire to eccentric pop-culture superpower," 21 May 2020 And the reactions continued well into the night with TV comics, some of Trump’s most vocal critics, who had a lot to say about his new hydroxychloroquine regimen. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "In Trump’s medicinal preferences, late-night hosts see ‘a cry for help’," 20 May 2020

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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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The first known use of comic was in 1567

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1 Jul 2020

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“Comic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 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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