- 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 mimicking
We are looking the same, acting the same, and mimicking masculinity the same.How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’
November 12, 2014
Others walked with their hands in the air, mimicking the gestures of someone showing they were unarmed.'What You Gonna Do, Kill Us All?' Protesters Ask Ferguson Police
August 12, 2014
On the contrary, many of them were quite capable of mimicking a somber-faced pose while they said deeply horrible things.Hillary Clinton Knows Rape Is No Laughing Matter
June 17, 2014
Be very passive as the air leaves your lungs and leaves your mouth, mimicking the sounds of ocean waves ebbing and flowing.How to Master the Art of Breathing
April 14, 2014
It is assuredly not by mimicking the Gellars and Spencers of the world, thereby effectively becoming an anti-Jihadist Jihadi.The Opponents of Militant Islamism Are Often As Bigoted as Their Targets
December 7, 2013
His hands were returning her caresses, mimicking the eager distraction of her own.Erik Dorn
"You doan' goin' to own no house," answered Conolly, mimicking the boy.Old Man Savarin and Other Stories
Edward William Thomson
Let ole Tilty go to blazes with his ole 'all (mimicking Jeffres).Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Here I am to your rescue, and you reward me with a ‘well’ (mimicking) up to ceiling.Semiramis and Other Plays
Olive Tilford Dargan
Yet it would never be claimed that the lizard thought out this mimicking.The Log of the Sun
- 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 mimicking
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.