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

In this series, Roz Chast transforms found images and text into comic collages. Roz Chast, The New Yorker, "Cut and Paste: Vintage Decorating Tips," 13 Sep. 2019 This show was a return of sorts to the character's darker comic aspects. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Ars celebrates 25 years of The Tick by picking our top ten favorite episodes," 10 Sep. 2019 Dozens of comic-book sellers, artists, voice-over talents, memorabilia dealers and other comics-minded types will be on hand. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, from the Tomato Romp to Harbor Fest," 5 Sep. 2019 This was a season where the Dolphins were going to be awful anyhow, so now there’s a comic value to it all. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten questions on Miami Dolphins tank job," 1 Sep. 2019 But here’s where the MCU comes in: to offer fans a tidier version of the Eternals story, and to turn yet another obscure and slightly confusing comic property into an inevitable cultural sensation. Alejandra Salazar, refinery29.com, "Who's Playing Who In The Eternals, In Case You're Not Up On Your Marvel Mythology," 24 Aug. 2019 Pow, Zing and Blam: Exploring the art of comics, Valley Art Center presents the work of Cleveland-area comic artists Gary and Laura Dumm with an exhibit Sept. 13 through Oct. 16. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Neighborhood talent show mixes fashion, talent and rain for back to school send-off: Valley Views," 23 Aug. 2019 These comic acts soon gained astonishingly wild popularity. Suraj Yengde, Quartz India, "In the politically impotent Indian comedy scene, Dalit humour is a class apart," 8 Aug. 2019 Kiro’o is using Aurion’s colored comic strip to target comic lovers in the US. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "An African fantasy video game studio has created a comic book to reach a wider audience," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dozens of comic-book sellers, artists, voice-over talents, memorabilia dealers and other comics-minded types will be on hand. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, from the Tomato Romp to Harbor Fest," 5 Sep. 2019 Of the new folks, Hader is probably the standout, transforming young Finn Wolfhard’s motormouthed jokester into an appropriately jaded and embittered stand-up comic who’s only half-convinced Pennywise can be defeated. David Sims, The Atlantic, "It Chapter Two Is a Blockbuster Horror Epic," 3 Sep. 2019 Pam Ann Returns Australian comic Caroline Reid’s alter ego sends up air travel. Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ and more," 1 Sep. 2019 The role that has defined most of her comic runs is her successful career as a lawyer, and her rise as New York’s district attorney. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'She-Hulk' Solves a Longtime Marvel Problem," 30 Aug. 2019 The show features ballet and tap dancing, an audience quiz and comic surprised. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Welk Theatre Resort’s 2020 season includes musicals, tribute shows," 29 Aug. 2019 The stultifying atmosphere of mainstream comedy has been attested to by legendary comics including Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle. Peter Spiliakos, National Review, "The Simpsons and the Cowardice of Tribal Comedy," 28 Aug. 2019 Cool Stuff The fourth annual Silicon Valley Comic Con Costume Contest will showcase professional and amateur cosplayers dressed as their favorite characters from movies, TV shows, games and comics at 6 p.m. Saturday. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Don’t miss these Silicon Valley Comic Con events for 2019," 13 Aug. 2019 Gates’ campaign calls specifically on stand-up comics to bring the power of their humor to bear on the gender equality issue, recording short videos and tweeting them on the hashtag #EqualityCantWait. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Three women walk into a bar. 208 years later they get paid the same as men," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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