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



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

Origin of mimic

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

Synonyms for mimic

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Examples from the Web for mimicking

Contemporary Examples of mimicking

Historical Examples of mimicking

  • His hands were returning her caresses, mimicking the eager distraction of her own.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • "You doan' goin' to own no house," answered Conolly, mimicking the boy.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

    Edward William Thomson

  • Let ole Tilty go to blazes with his ole 'all (mimicking Jeffres).

  • Here I am to your rescue, and you reward me with a ‘well’ (mimicking) up to ceiling.

    Semiramis and Other Plays

    Olive Tilford Dargan

  • Yet it would never be claimed that the lizard thought out this mimicking.

    The Log of the Sun

    William Beebe

British Dictionary definitions for mimicking


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

to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; apeknown mainly for his ability to mimic other singers
to take on the appearance of; resemble closelycertain flies mimic wasps
to copy closely or in a servile manner


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


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 mimicking



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



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



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mimicking in Medicine




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