mickey mouse


adjective (often initial capital letters) Informal.

trite and commercially slick in character; corny: mickey mouse music.
useless, insignificant, or worthless: mickey mouse activities just to fill up one's time.
trivial or petty: mickey mouse regulations.

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Origin of mickey mouse

First recorded in 1930–35; after the animated cartoon character created by Walt Disney, orig. with reference to the banal dance-band music played as background to the cartoons

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British Dictionary definitions for mickey mouse

Mickey Mouse

adjective (sometimes not capitals) slang

ineffective; trivial; insignificanthe settled for a Mickey Mouse job instead of something challenging
mainly US and Canadian (of music, esp that of dance bands) mechanical or spiritless

Word Origin for Mickey Mouse

C20: from the name of a cartoon character created by Walt Disney, known for his simple-minded attitudes
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Cultural definitions for mickey mouse

Mickey Mouse

A cartoon character created by Walt Disney. Mickey's image is so widespread that he has achieved the status of myth.

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