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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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  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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  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


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  • 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)
  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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  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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  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 mimicking



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

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

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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

mimicking in Medicine


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