WORD ORIGIN 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. 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 adjective (sometimes not capitals) slang ineffective; trivial; insignificant he 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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Word Origin and History for mickey mouse
cartoon mouse character created 1928 by U.S. animator Walt Disney (1901-1966). As an adjective meaning "small and worthless" it dates from 1936, originally used especially of mediocre dance-band music, a put-down based on the type of tunes played as background in cartoon films.
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character created by Walt Disney. Mickey's image is so widespread that he has achieved the status of myth.
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