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comic

[kom-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by comedy: comic opera.
  2. of or relating to a person who acts in or writes comedy: a comic actor; a comic dramatist.
  3. of, relating to, or characteristic of comedy: comic situations; a comic sense.
  4. provoking laughter; humorous; funny; laughable.
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noun
  1. a comedian.
  2. comic book.
  3. comics, comic strips.
  4. the comic, the element or quality of comedy in literature, art, drama, etc.: An appreciation of the comic came naturally to her.
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Origin of comic

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cōmicus < Greek kōmikós, equivalent to kôm(os) a revel + -ikos -ic
Related formsnon·com·ic, adjective, nounqua·si-com·ic, adjectivesem·i·com·ic, adjectiveun·com·ic, adjective
Can be confusedcomedic comic comical
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Related Words for comic

humorist, comedian, stooge, clown, wag, jester, jokester, joker, wit, buffoon, card, banana, droll, funnyman, quipster

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British Dictionary definitions for comic

comic

adjective
  1. of, relating to, characterized by, or characteristic of comedy
  2. (prenominal) acting in, writing, or composing comedya comic writer
  3. humorous; funny
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noun
  1. a person who is comic, esp a comic actor; comedian
  2. a book or magazine containing comic strips
  3. (usually plural) mainly US and Canadian comic strips in newspapers, etc
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Word Origin for comic

C16: from Latin cōmicus, from Greek kōmikos relating to comedy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for comic

adj.

late 14c., "of comedy in the dramatic sense," from Latin comicus "of comedy, represented in comedy, in comic style," from Greek komikos "of or pertaining to comedy," from komos (see comedy). Meaning "intentionally funny" first recorded 1791, and comedic (1630s) has since picked up the older sense of the word.

Speaking of the masters of the comedic spirit (if I call it, as he does, the Comic Spirit, this darkened generation will suppose me to refer to the animal spirits of tomfools and merryandrews) .... [G.B. Shaw, 1897]

Something that is comic has comedy as its aim or origin; something is comical if the effect is comedy, whether intended or not.

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n.

"a comedian" is from 1580s, from comic (adj.). Latin adjective comicus also meant "a comic poet, writer of comedies." Meaning "a comic book or comic strip" is from 1889 (Comic strip first attested 1920; comic book is from 1941). Comic relief is attested from 1825.

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