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verb (used with object),mim·icked, mim·ick·ing.
  1. to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.

  2. to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape.

  1. 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.

  1. a performer in a mime.

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

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

Origin of mimic

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

Other words for mimic

Other words from mimic

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

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How to use mimic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mimic


/ (ˈmɪmɪk) /

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

  1. 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

Origin of mimic

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

Derived forms of mimic

  • mimicker, noun

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