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mimic

[mim-ik]
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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.
  3. to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.
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noun
  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.
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adjective
  1. imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale: a mimic battle.
  2. apt at or given to imitating; imitative; simulative.
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Origin of mimic

1580–90; < Latin mīmicus < Greek mīmikós. See mime, -ic
Related formsmim·ick·er, nounun·mim·icked, adjective

Synonyms

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1. follow, mock; impersonate; simulate, counterfeit. 7. mock, simulated.
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Historical Examples

  • It makes a big difference whether the mimicker is seeking to escape from an enemy, or seeking to deceive its prey.

    Ways of Nature

    John Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for mimicker

mimic

verb -ics, -icking or -icked (tr)
  1. to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; apeknown mainly for his ability to mimic other singers
  2. to take on the appearance of; resemble closelycertain flies mimic wasps
  3. to copy closely or in a servile manner
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noun
  1. a person or an animal, such as a parrot, that is clever at mimicking
  2. an animal that displays mimicry
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
  2. simulated, make-believe, or mock
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Derived Formsmimicker, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin mīmicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mime
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Word Origin and History for mimicker

mimic

n.

1580s, "a mime," from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," from mimos "mime."

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mimic

v.

1680s, from mimic (n.). Related: Mimicked; mimicking.

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mimic

adj.

1590s, from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," verbal adjective from mimeisthai "to mimic, imitate, portray by means of imitation" (see mimeograph).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mimicker in Medicine

mimic

(mĭmĭk)
v.
  1. To resemble closely; simulate.
  2. To take on the appearance of.
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Related formsmimic adj. n.
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