- a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition and replication in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.
- a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.
verb (used without object), memed, meme·ing or mem·ing.
verb (used with object), memed, meme·ing or mem·ing.
- membranous laryngitis,
- membranous ossification,
- membranous rhinitis,
- memento mori,
- memling, hans
Origin of meme
Examples from the Web for meme
Some immediately treated the young rapper as a punchline, turning his awkward posture in the photo into a meme.
The beef began three days ago, when Snoop posted an unflattering Iggy meme to his Instagram.Who Dat, Who Dat? It’s Snoop Dogg Saying Misogynistic Things to I-G-G-Y|Amy Zimmerman|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The meme enters your mind, changes how you behave, and then finds a way to pass itself on to another person.The Midichlorians Made Me Do It: Can Microbes Explain Religion?|Michael Schulson|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another ad attempts to tie Land to the “war on women” meme that worked so well for Democrats in 2012.
The meme is that doctors are getting away with something and need constant training, watching and regulating.How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession|Daniela Drake|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pu d'instants apres il dit l'Empereur Alexandre lui meme, "Il ne vous reste que le tronc—mais le cœur y est, et la tte est vous."Travels in France during the years 1814-1815|Archibald Alison
Word Origin for meme
1976, introduced by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in "The Selfish Gene," coined by him from Greek sources, e.g. mimeisthai "to imitate" (see mime), and intended to echo gene.
We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. 'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme. If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word même. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. [Richard Dawkins, "The Selfish Gene," 1976]