Definition of Mimic

1. Noun. Someone who mimics (especially an actor or actress).

Exact synonyms: Mimicker
Generic synonyms: Imitator, Impersonator

2. Verb. Imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect. "The actor mimicked the President very accurately"
Exact synonyms: Mime
Generic synonyms: Copy, Imitate, Simulate
Derivative terms: Mime, Mimicker

3. Adjective. Constituting an imitation. "The mimic warfare of the opera stage"
Similar to: Imitative
Derivative terms: Mime

Definition of Mimic

1. a. Imitative; mimetic.

2. n. One who imitates or mimics, especially one who does so for sport; a copyist; a buffoon.

3. v. t. To imitate or ape for sport; to ridicule by imitation.

Definition of Mimic

1. Verb. to imitate, especially in order to ridicule ¹

2. Verb. (biology) to take on the appearance of another, for protection or camouflage ¹

3. Noun. a person who practices mimicry, or mime ¹

4. Adjective. Pertaining to mimicry; imitative. ¹

5. Adjective. Mock, pretended. ¹

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Definition of Mimic

1. to imitate closely [v -ICKED, -ICKING, -ICS]

Medical Definition of Mimic

1. 1. To imitate or ape for sport; to ridicule by imitation. "The walk, the words, the gesture, could supply, The habit mimic, and the mien belie." (Dryden) 2. To assume a resemblance to (some other organism of a totally different nature, or some surrounding object), as a means of protection or advantage. Synonym: To ape, imitate, counterfeit, mock. Origin: Mimicked; Mimicking. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mimic

mimetic chorea
mimetic muscles
mimetic paralysis
mimic (current term)
mimic convulsion
mimic genes
mimic spasm
mimic tic

Literary usage of Mimic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Fine Arts by Gerard Baldwin Brown (1902)
"Evolution of the Drama from the mimic Dance ... More elaborate forms of the mimic dance were also introduced at the religious festivals of the Greeks, ..."

2. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... and he strew'd to earth The rampart with all ease, as when a child Strews sand upon the sea-shore ; mimic mounds He heaps in boyish sport, ..."

3. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1766)
"and mimic, a Tale, ... and a bold declaration of the mimic':, resolution to renew his ... mimic."

4. Historical and Biographical Essays by John Forster (1858)
"Very well, indeed, " Air. Smirk, addressing herself to me." Excellently worthy of mention, too, is Sam Shift the mimic, who was indebted for his ultimate ..."

5. A History of Aesthetic by Bernard Bosanquet (1904)
"About the mimic dance very little need be Dance. ... In landscape gardening, as in acting or the mimic dance, there is a collision between the natural ..."

6. Flame, Electricity and the Camera: Man's Progress from the First Kindling of by George Iles (1900)
"... when a mimic amused himself in echoing the growl of the beast Suppose such a mimic to be a watcher ttn th« lookout from the topmost branch of an oak. ..."

7. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1901)
"The numerous and excellent illustrations are well worthy of careful examination. STILLER. DIE mimic DES MENSCHEN AUF GRUND ..."

8. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"New Statesman 8: 414-16 F 3 '17 Women's organizations and their civic activities during war times. BL Priddy. Nat mimic R 6:570-1 S '17 ..."

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