1. a remark, observation, or criticism: a comment about the weather.
  2. gossip; talk: His frequent absences gave rise to comment.
  3. a criticism or interpretation, often by implication or suggestion: The play is a comment on modern society.
  4. a user response to published content on the Internet, written in a designated “Comments” section, often below the published content: There were many online comments criticizing the author.
  5. a note in explanation, expansion, or criticism of a passage in a book, article, or the like; annotation.
  6. explanatory or critical matter added to a text.
  7. Also called rheme. Linguistics. the part of a sentence that communicates new information about the topic.Compare topic(def 4).
verb (used without object)
  1. to make remarks, observations, or criticisms: He refused to comment on the decision of the court.
  2. to write explanatory or critical notes upon a text.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make comments or remarks on; furnish with comments; annotate.

Origin of comment

1350–1400; Middle English coment < Latin commentum device, fabrication (Late Latin: interpretation, commentary), noun use of neuter of commentus (past participle of comminīscī to devise), equivalent to com- com- + men- (base of mēns, mentis mind) + -tus past participle ending
Related formscom·ment·a·ble, adjectivecom·ment·er, nounun·com·ment·ed, adjectiveun·com·ment·ing, adjectiveun·der·com·ment, nounun·der·com·ment, verb
Can be confusedcomment commentate (see usage note at commentate)

Synonyms for comment

Synonym study

1. See remark. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for commenting

Contemporary Examples of commenting

Historical Examples of commenting

  • "Not to Reardon," Jeff's inner voice was commenting satirically.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • An opportunity for commenting on some of them will be afforded in another chapter.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • “That man wasn't right polite to me,” said Maw in commenting upon some of this.

    Maw's Vacation

    Emerson Hough

  • Samuel Quirk read the letter to his wife, commenting unfavourably on it the while.

    Grey Town

    Gerald Baldwin

  • Molly Healy noted this reply, but she abstained from commenting on it.

    Grey Town

    Gerald Baldwin

British Dictionary definitions for commenting


  1. a remark, criticism, or observation
  2. talk or gossip
  3. a note explaining or criticizing a passage in a text
  4. explanatory or critical matter added to a text
  1. (when intr, often foll by on; when tr, takes a clause as object) to remark or express an opinion
  2. (intr) to write notes explaining or criticizing a text
Derived Formscommenter, noun

Word Origin for comment

C15: from Latin commentum invention, from comminiscī to contrive, related to mens mind
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Word Origin and History for commenting



late 14c., from Old French coment "commentary" or directly from Late Latin commentum "comment, interpretation," in classical Latin "invention, fabrication, fiction," neuter past participle of comminisci "to contrive, devise," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + base of meminisse "to remember," related to mens (genitive mentis) "mind" (see mind (n.)). The Latin word meaning "something invented" was taken by Isidore and other Christian theologians for "interpretation, annotation." No comment as a stock refusal to answer a journalist's question is first recorded 1950, from Truman's White House press secretary, Charles Ross.



early 15c., from Middle French commenter (15c.), from Latin commentari, from commentum (see comment (n.)). Related: Commented; commenting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper