Definition of comic in English:


Syllabification: com·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈkämik


1Causing or meant to cause laughter: comic and fantastic exaggeration
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  • You are witty, have great comic timing and a fantastic accent.
  • Grint's got fantastic comic timing and knows exactly how far to take it, often stealing a scene with nothing more than a look.
  • It's a hilarious film full of gems of comic absurdity that are mixed in with nonchalant understatement.
comical, farcical, silly, slapstick, zany;
informal, dated killing
1.1Relating to or in the style of comedy: a comic actor comic drama
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  • It may have been written in a comic style, but it's hardly the barrel of laughs the reviewers make it out to be.
  • This is the theatrical ambition of every comic actor who dreams of going beyond comedy to tragedy.
  • It is a unique mix of comedy characters and comic sketches spiced up by a team of the best oriental writers and performers.


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1A comedian, especially a professional one: a stand-up comic
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  • Half of the work for a stand-up comic is actually the willingness to put yourself out there and give it a shot.
  • As a stand-up comic, MacAulay has a rare gift - he can put his audience at ease and mercilessly ridicule them at the same time.
  • My grandfather was a clergyman in the Church of England and he was one of the funniest stand-up comics I ever met.
2 (comics) North American Comic strips.
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  • We loaded the car up with snacks, comics, some storybooks and a selection of toys in order to keep up Zachery's interest.
  • He was not the caricature that cartoonists and comics had created.
  • Transparencies were made of the cartoons and comics to share with students.
comic strip, cartoon, comic book
informal funny


late 16th century: via Latin from Greek kōmikos, from kōmos 'revel'.

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