or look·a·like

[ loo k-uh-lahyk ]
/ ˈlʊk əˌlaɪk /


a person or thing that looks like or closely resembles another; double.
a compatible: The leading brand of computer was expensive so they bought cheap look-alikes.
a pill or capsule that contains nonprescription stimulants, as caffeine and ephedrine, but is made to appear like one containing illegal or prescription stimulants, as amphetamine or biphetamine.


being or characteristic of a look-alike.

Nearby words

  1. look to one's laurels,
  2. look up,
  3. look up and down,
  4. look up to,
  5. look who's talking,
  6. look-down,
  7. look-in,
  8. look-over,
  9. look-see,
  10. look-through

Origin of look-alike

First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase look alike

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British Dictionary definitions for lookalike


/ (ˈlʊkəˌlaɪk) /


  1. a person, esp a celebrity, or thing that is the double of another
  2. (as modifier)a lookalike Minister; a lookalike newspaper
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Word Origin and History for lookalike



"someone who closely resembles another," 1937, American English, from look (v.) + alike.

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