Definition of comic in English:



  • 1Causing or meant to cause laughter.

    ‘a comic monologue’
    • ‘There seems to be an unwritten law that football songs should be comic or humorous, or at least not too serious.’
    • ‘Some messages are genuinely funny, others unintentionally comic.’
    • ‘On stage, with her impeccable comic timing, she is very funny.’
    • ‘Not unless he is simply to reacting to the comic timing instead of the core of the joke, which is possible.’
    • ‘These elements, coupled with some spot-on comic timing are side-splitting to behold.’
    • ‘In the latter, it was somewhat hard to connect to the characters, who often seemed exaggerated for comic effect.’
    • ‘It is a high-wire act of comic absurdity with a safety net of sentimentality.’
    • ‘I couldn't tell if he was offended or joking, but I was leaning towards the comic side.’
    • ‘He knows what funny is, and can do comic timing, given a script.’
    • ‘Is this a smear, or is she merely exaggerating for comic effect, I wonder?’
    • ‘Grint's got fantastic comic timing and knows exactly how far to take it, often stealing a scene with nothing more than a look.’
    • ‘It's an indulgent fantasy, saved by Chow's precise comic timing and the preposterous action sequences.’
    • ‘You are witty, have great comic timing and a fantastic accent.’
    • ‘Although this astonishing horse never sets hoof on stage, it looms large in the mind's eye, thanks to this stand-up comic monologue.’
    • ‘The songs also allow each character to unveil her inner life, as a sort of monologue both moving and comic.’
    • ‘Fast-paced comic fun, with a strong whiff of circus slapstick, for the discerning younger viewer.’
    • ‘It's both funny and sad, but thanks to the poet's excellent comic timing, it's mostly funny.’
    • ‘The actors give convincing and entertaining performances with great comic pitch and timing.’
    • ‘For comic effect it has a character whose supposedly hilarious weakness is to use phrases that have gone out of fashion.’
    • ‘It's a hilarious film full of gems of comic absurdity that are mixed in with nonchalant understatement.’
    humorous, funny, droll, amusing, entertaining, diverting, absurd, ridiculous, comical, chucklesome, farcical, silly, slapstick, hilarious, uproarious, hysterical, hysterically funny, zany
    witty, jocular, joking, facetious, waggish
    priceless, side-splitting, rib-tickling, killing, killingly funny, screamingly funny, a scream, a hoot, a laugh, a barrel of laughs
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    1. 1.1Relating to or in the style of comedy.
      ‘a comic actor’
      ‘comic drama’
      • ‘A second later Val and Sam jumped out in laughter, as though they were the cleverest comic geniuses.’
      • ‘That's the difference between comic drama and corporate motivation.’
      • ‘In Dawn, we finally - and it was about time - have a British comic heroine who is not idiotically silly.’
      • ‘He is a witty, engaging presence in the early comic scenes, portraying the doctor with soft-spoken befuddlement.’
      • ‘However she baulks at the suggestion that the picture will be a comic drama.’
      • ‘Not pointing any finger but as a comic actor used to say ‘I only asked’.’
      • ‘Roadside entertainment involved a man in a comic mask, walking around and fooling bystanders.’
      • ‘His exploits make for comic entertainment on these increasingly cold nights in.’
      • ‘He has inherited his father's comic style, low key and thoroughly decent.’
      • ‘During the day fancy dress competitions were held, bowling and tennis tournaments and entertainment from several comic bands.’
      • ‘It's a darkly comic drama, which makes you wonder how they get away with it.’
      • ‘I knew I had sort of a comic talent, comic timing, and I wanted to be a comic actor.’
      • ‘You do not need to be a great comic writer to give written or spoken communication a humorous edge.’
      • ‘These four issues are some of the best mainstream comic entertainment I have read.’
      • ‘This is the theatrical ambition of every comic actor who dreams of going beyond comedy to tragedy.’
      • ‘They're also frequently funny, though the comic scenes are almost invariably laced with tragedy or fear.’
      • ‘It may have been written in a comic style, but it's hardly the barrel of laughs the reviewers make it out to be.’
      • ‘It is such sheer joy to watch someone like Sandler enhance his skill as a comic actor.’
      • ‘It is a unique mix of comedy characters and comic sketches spiced up by a team of the best oriental writers and performers.’
      • ‘This cheapens and degrades the movie and insults the current style of the comic franchise.’


  • 1A comedian.

    ‘he is training as a stand-up comic’
    • ‘Half of the work for a stand-up comic is actually the willingness to put yourself out there and give it a shot.’
    • ‘Milton Berle told me once comics make good actors because they're acting all the time.’
    • ‘It's like when you go to a comedy club, and the less experienced comics get up and start pulling out the lewd jokes.’
    • ‘The comic had risen through the stand-up ranks, working hard at developing an act after his initial performances drew derision.’
    • ‘By night he's a singer and stand-up comic who uses bad language and tackles controversial social issues.’
    • ‘But I did arrive at a point in my life where I realized I would not be a huge stand-up comic.’
    • ‘As a stand-up comic, MacAulay has a rare gift - he can put his audience at ease and mercilessly ridicule them at the same time.’
    • ‘Comedians have voted the late Peter Cook the greatest comic of all time.’
    • ‘At its worst, it's like a humorless stand-up comic's miserable childhood routine.’
    • ‘These stand-up comics make a living performing at Comedy Clubs.’
    • ‘And we want to do it with laughter, concentrating on what comics do best - communicate.’
    • ‘Not being as funny as they once were is what every comic dreads.’
    • ‘We sat laughing and gasping in awe at the writing, the delivery and the sheer brilliance of Britain's best stand-up comic.’
    • ‘Sara is a writer and stand-up comic who works quite happily in San Francisco, thank you very much.’
    • ‘My grandfather was a clergyman in the Church of England and he was one of the funniest stand-up comics I ever met.’
    • ‘Grantham, an occasional amateur stand-up comic, wants people to laugh along.’
    • ‘Kay also brought in some comics he had met on the stand-up circuit.’
    • ‘Obviously a comic needs a spontaneous funny side to them, but there's a technical side as well.’
    • ‘Jim is a lot more entertaining to me as a comic than as an actor.’
    • ‘The Liverpool comic and impressionist cancelled his Grand Opera House show only 90 minutes before it was due to start.’
    comedian, comedienne, funny man, funny woman, comedy actor, comedy actress, humorist, wit, wag, quipster
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  • 2A periodical containing comic strips, intended chiefly for children.

    ‘the shop sold newspapers and children's comics’
    • ‘During the publication of the monthly comic, one issue in particular stands out.’
    • ‘For the first time in centuries, the weekly publication of Batman comics was broken.’
    • ‘Children shared books, comics and newspapers with a family member or friend to see how much literature they could get through in a week.’
    • ‘Crayons and paper, puzzle books, small books and comics are a few ideas.’
    • ‘Auntie May, who was the manageress of a bookshop, sent me supplies of new books and comics.’
    • ‘I've lost most of my copies of your books & comics by lending them to people to read.’
    • ‘It's always a treat for the child if you take a few things along with you, such as comics, books, stickers and coloured pens.’
    • ‘The idea of becoming a journalist came from Superman comics.’
    • ‘I stopped buying regular monthly comics a few years back so I don't do this anymore, but at one time I was there with the best of them.’
    • ‘I can't wait to begin reading it as I love all of your other books and comics I have seen so much!’
    • ‘Children have not been left out: there is a huge collection ranging from colouring books to popular comics.’
    • ‘An interesting development has been that I'm spending hours reading books and comics again, and enjoying them.’
    • ‘The range of magazines and comics for children is one of the largest.’
    • ‘Between January 31 and February 17, there were loads of discounts on books and comics for children.’
    • ‘It was in the bathroom, next to yesterday's comics and a skateboard catalog.’
    • ‘Do I go for a long wander around London or do I stay in and finally sort out the piles of books, comics and magazines in the hallway?’
    • ‘The beauty of this comic is in its fantastic combination of literary and artistic skills.’
    • ‘I wasn't even in double-digits then, but I knew that these comics were special.’
    • ‘There was a buggy park in the waiting room, as well as comics for children and magazines for adults.’
    • ‘The fair offers a fabulous range - from comics to regular books.’
    cartoon paper, comic paper, funny magazine, comic book, graphic novel
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    1. 2.1North American Comic strips.
      • ‘Born in New York in 1923, Roy drew much of his inspiration from advertisements, comics and cartoons.’
      • ‘I stared at the pink walls covered in horse posters, sketches, and drawn comics.’
      • ‘The style of production of independents who work on their own comics tends to differ from that of their contract work.’
      • ‘He was not the caricature that cartoonists and comics had created.’
      • ‘They draw comics of their favourite cartoon shows, and make a bundle at it.’
      • ‘Drawing comics for a living would appear to be a dream come true, but it has the unfortunate side effect of transforming leisure into work.’
      • ‘Sam sat at the rickety old table, sipping a cup of coffee and skimming through the comics in the daily paper.’
      • ‘However, I try to take 15 minutes each day to read the daily comics in the newspaper.’
      • ‘Satrapi illustrates her comics in a simple style, but don't let that fool you.’
      • ‘How on earth can the most truthful thing in the newspaper be the comics?’
      • ‘Actually she's been doing mostly comics and hadn't done actual drawing for years.’
      • ‘We loaded the car up with snacks, comics, some storybooks and a selection of toys in order to keep up Zachery's interest.’
      • ‘Transparencies were made of the cartoons and comics to share with students.’
      • ‘Drama and comics are also used to help students better understand the some of the more complex concepts.’
      cartoon paper, comic paper, funny magazine, comic book, graphic novel
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Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek kōmikos, from kōmos revel.