mimic

[ mim-ik ]
/ ˈmɪm ɪk /

verb (used with object), mim·icked, mim·ick·ing.

noun

adjective

imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale: a mimic battle.
apt at or given to imitating; imitative; simulative.

Nearby words

  1. mimesis,
  2. mimetic,
  3. mimetism,
  4. mimetite,
  5. mimi,
  6. mimic panel,
  7. mimical,
  8. mimically,
  9. mimicry,
  10. mimine

Origin of mimic

1580–90; < Latin mīmicus < Greek mīmikós. See mime, -ic

Related formsmim·ick·er, nounun·mim·icked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for mimic

mimic

/ (ˈmɪmɪk) /

verb -ics, -icking or -icked (tr)

noun

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

adjective

of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
simulated, make-believe, or mock
Derived Formsmimicker, noun

Word Origin for mimic

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

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Word Origin and History for mimic
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Medicine definitions for mimic

mimic

[ mĭmĭk ]

v.

To resemble closely; simulate.
To take on the appearance of.
Related formsmimic adj. n.


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