Definition of comic in English:

comic

Line breaks: comic
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmɪk
 
/

adjective

1Causing or meant to cause laughter: a comic monologue
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1Relating to or in the style of comedy: a comic actor comic drama
More example sentences
  • 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.

noun

Back to top  
1A comedian: he is training as a stand-up comic
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
comedian, comedienne, funny man, funny woman, comedy actor, comedy actress, humorist, wit, wag, quipster; joker, jester, prankster, clown
informal kidder, wisecracker
archaic buffoon
2A periodical containing comic strips, intended chiefly for children: the shop sold newspapers and children’s comics
More example sentences
  • Children shared books, comics and newspapers with a family member or friend to see how much literature they could get through in a week.
  • Do I go for a long wander around London or do I stay in and finally sort out the piles of books, comics and magazines in the hallway?
  • During the publication of the monthly comic, one issue in particular stands out.
2.1 (comics) North American Comic strips.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Definition of comic in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day glee
Pronunciation: gliː
noun
great delight, especially from one's own good fortune…