- to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.
- to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape.
- to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.
- a person who mimics, especially a performer skilled in mimicking others.
- a copy or imitation of something.
- a performer in a mime.
- imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale: a mimic battle.
- apt at or given to imitating; imitative; simulative.
Origin of mimic
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Examples from the Web for mimic
When my hair gets long enough I kid myself I can mimic the glorious tumbling fringe of “the Rachel” sometimes.Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married and We’re Worried About Jennifer Aniston
Kevin Fallon, Tim Teeman
August 28, 2014
The results: Even moderate MDMA doses in conditions that mimic hot, crowded, social settings could be lethal to rats.Why Molly Is Especially Deadly at Summer Music Festivals
June 7, 2014
The team designed over 40 themed soundscapes that mimic environments, all of which are free to download.New Study Shows Dream App Helps People Craft Dreams and Wake Up Happier
April 6, 2014
He slowed down the action at times for effect; he jolted the camera to mimic the jittery imperfection of a documentary.WWII Lies of Hollywood's Greats
February 22, 2014
Wall Street gets to game the government; Republican big wigs get to mimic their masters in a sandbox of their own.Wall Street Wolves Want to Bring their Big Bucks to the GOP Party
February 20, 2014
One of these youths, fancying himself a mimic, had imitated the Moslems.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
But the field is nearly cleared, and the mimic war has commenced.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
"You're all there," Paliser, amused by the mimic, was telling her.The Paliser case
Before hypocrisy or oppression his glances were as mimic lightning.Charles Carleton Coffin
William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
The college world is a mimic world—and your lifetime is just four years.
- to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; apeknown mainly for his ability to mimic other singers
- to take on the appearance of; resemble closelycertain flies mimic wasps
- to copy closely or in a servile manner
- a person or an animal, such as a parrot, that is clever at mimicking
- an animal that displays mimicry
- of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
- simulated, make-believe, or mock
Word Origin and History for mimic
1580s, "a mime," from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," from mimos "mime."
1680s, from mimic (n.). Related: Mimicked; mimicking.
1590s, from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," verbal adjective from mimeisthai "to mimic, imitate, portray by means of imitation" (see mimeograph).
- To resemble closely; simulate.
- To take on the appearance of.