- a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition and replication in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.
- a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.
- to create and spread memes: He spends a lot of time memeing and sharing his videos with friends.
- to make the subject of a meme: cute cats that get memed.
Origin of meme
Examples from the Web for meme
Some immediately treated the young rapper as a punchline, turning his awkward posture in the photo into a meme.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
The beef began three days ago, when Snoop posted an unflattering Iggy meme to his Instagram.Who Dat, Who Dat? It’s Snoop Dogg Saying Misogynistic Things to I-G-G-Y
October 15, 2014
The meme enters your mind, changes how you behave, and then finds a way to pass itself on to another person.The Midichlorians Made Me Do It: Can Microbes Explain Religion?
August 10, 2014
Another ad attempts to tie Land to the “war on women” meme that worked so well for Democrats in 2012.How Harry Reid Carpet-Bombed the South
May 18, 2014
The meme is that doctors are getting away with something and need constant training, watching and regulating.How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession
April 14, 2014
Pu d'instants apres il dit l'Empereur Alexandre lui meme, "Il ne vous reste que le tronc—mais le cœur y est, et la tte est vous."Travels in France during the years 1814-1815
- an idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture, esp by imitation
Word Origin and History for meme
1976, introduced by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in "The Selfish Gene," coined by him from Greek sources, e.g. mimeisthai "to imitate" (see mime), and intended to echo gene.
We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. 'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme. If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word même. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. [Richard Dawkins, "The Selfish Gene," 1976]