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 American readers fell in love with this bloated, hapless misanthrope in a green hunting cap, and the bestselling comic novel won a Pulitzer—one of the few times the prize has been awarded posthumously. The Economist, "Perish and publish Behind the scenes of “A Confederacy of Dunces”," 30 May 2020 After Life After Life mixes sweet and bitter flavors in a way that feels perfectly suited to our time, as creator-star Ricky Gervais leavens his signature comic brutality with a moving story of grief and growth. Tyler Aquilina,, "The best shows on Netflix right now," 28 May 2020 What follows is a sharp and erotic domestic drama, sometimes comic yet darkened by the looming Nazi occupation. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 25 May 2020 He had already written and published a lightly comic account of his time in camp for The Saturday Evening Post. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Wartime for Wodehouse," 25 May 2020 Of course the pandemic's destruction of lives, businesses and personal finances applies, but comic authors livelihoods are not be as affected by this. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 28 Apr. 2020 Luckily, there’s also a really compelling, breezy comic crime drama — with a terrific performance by Hugh Jackman — sitting there in plain sight. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "HBO's 'Bad Education' is a good movie, thanks to Hugh Jackman's performance," 24 Apr. 2020 In Extraction—directed by Sam Hargrave and adapted from the comic Ciudad, by Ande Parks, Joe and Anthony Russo, Fernando Léon González and Eric Skillman—Chris Hemsworth plays a mercenary named Tyler Rake. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Chris Hemsworth's Extraction Is Way less Fun Than It Should Be," 24 Apr. 2020 Toby Young, who made his bones with his Trollopean social observation, remains a delightful comic writer but is today also a deeply committed educational reformer who writes seriously about conservative solutions to social problems. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The (Other) Greatest Magazine in the English-Speaking World," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Before Stargirl In the early '40s, DC debuted the Star-Spangled Kid and Stripsey comics — the perfect form of escapism for anyone living through World War II. Gina Vaynshteyn,, "What You Need To Know About Stargirl’s DC Comics History Before You Watch Her New CW Show," 19 May 2020 Standup comics, talent managers and club owners are worried that the touring business, wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, may never be the same. John Koblin, New York Times, "As Cable TV Fades, Fearing ‘the End of Comedy Central’," 17 May 2020 In all other ways, the Megg and Mogg comics, set in a nondescript, working-class suburbia, couldn’t be more different from Plath’s middle-class New England novel. Nicole Rudick, The New York Review of Books, "A Witch’s Demons," 29 Apr. 2020 With over 20 movies in the Avengers lineup so far and billions of dollars earned at the box office, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on the Marvel comics, has become one of the most beloved movie franchises of all time. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "52 Hilarious Marvel Memes That Will Unleash Your Inner Avenger," 20 Apr. 2020 Riley's character was referred to as Huge Goon in the script and comic, which posed some problems for Strong in the climactic shootout. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, ""No Studio Would Touch It:" The Big Gamble Behind 'Kick-Ass'," 16 Apr. 2020 The streaming giant has begun spotlighting more female comics, particularly those of color. Los Angeles Times, "SiriusXM’s new channel devoted to female comics is the laugh we need right now," 3 Apr. 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 Jun 2020

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“Comic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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