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[ mim-ik ]

verb (used with object)

, mim·icked, mim·ick·ing.
  1. to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.

    Synonyms: counterfeit, simulate, impersonate, mock, follow

  2. to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape.
  3. to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.


  1. a person who mimics, especially a performer skilled in mimicking others.
  2. a copy or imitation of something.
  3. a performer in a mime.


  1. imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale:

    a mimic battle.

    Synonyms: mock

  2. apt at or given to imitating; imitative; simulative.


/ ˈmɪmɪk /


  1. to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; ape

    known mainly for his ability to mimic other singers

  2. to take on the appearance of; resemble closely

    certain flies mimic wasps

  3. to copy closely or in a servile manner


  1. a person or an animal, such as a parrot, that is clever at mimicking
  2. an animal that displays mimicry


  1. of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
  2. simulated, make-believe, or mock

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Derived Forms

  • ˈmimicker, noun

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Other Words From

  • mimick·er noun
  • un·mimicked adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mimic1

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin mīmicus, from Greek mīmikós; equivalent to mime + -ic

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mimic1

C16: from Latin mīmicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mime

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Example Sentences

Like remdesivir, favipiravir works by mimicking a building block of the virus’s genetic material, RNA.

It also focuses more on content about staycations, or recipes one can cook to mimic being someplace new.

From Digiday

That observing setup mimicked the way astronomers plan to probe the atmospheres of Earthlike exoplanets as they pass in front of their stars, filtering out some starlight.

Next, clinicians should look for other explanations, conditions that could mimic brain death but are actually reversible.

The multimedia brand mimics the experience of Wolfe Pereira and his co-founders, all of whom grew up in multicultural households.

From Ozy

When my hair gets long enough I kid myself I can mimic the glorious tumbling fringe of “the Rachel” sometimes.

But under what moral principle must a nation mimic both the madness and the misdirection of its enemy?

The results: Even moderate MDMA doses in conditions that mimic hot, crowded, social settings could be lethal to rats.

The team designed over 40 themed soundscapes that mimic environments, all of which are free to download.

He slowed down the action at times for effect; he jolted the camera to mimic the jittery imperfection of a documentary.

For others life is but a foolish leisure with mock activities and mimic avocations to mask its uselessness.

Very often the little ones mimic it in fun, and children's games, most times, are copies of their elders' workaday doings.

Samuel cried at the loss of his pretty kite, and Charles Duran was mean enough to mimic the boy whom he had thus injured.

That monarch, easily the first comedian of his time, allowed no rivals on the mimic stage, and it languished during his reign.

It was almost as if, for a brief interval, the mimic was the scholar, though always with the drop of ridicule or mischief added.


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