Definition of comic in US English:

comic

adjective

  • 1Causing or meant to cause laughter.

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

noun

  • 1A comedian, especially a professional one.

    ‘a stand-up comic’
    • ‘Sara is a writer and stand-up comic who works quite happily in San Francisco, thank you very much.’
    • ‘The comic had risen through the stand-up ranks, working hard at developing an act after his initial performances drew derision.’
    • ‘Kay also brought in some comics he had met on the stand-up circuit.’
    • ‘By night he's a singer and stand-up comic who uses bad language and tackles controversial social issues.’
    • ‘Milton Berle told me once comics make good actors because they're acting all the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jim is a lot more entertaining to me as a comic than as an actor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We sat laughing and gasping in awe at the writing, the delivery and the sheer brilliance of Britain's best stand-up comic.’
    • ‘Not being as funny as they once were is what every comic dreads.’
    • ‘Obviously a comic needs a spontaneous funny side to them, but there's a technical side as well.’
    • ‘Grantham, an occasional amateur stand-up comic, wants people to laugh along.’
    • ‘And we want to do it with laughter, concentrating on what comics do best - communicate.’
    • ‘These stand-up comics make a living performing at Comedy Clubs.’
    • ‘My grandfather was a clergyman in the Church of England and he was one of the funniest stand-up comics I ever met.’
    • ‘Half of the work for a stand-up comic is actually the willingness to put yourself out there and give it a shot.’
    • ‘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 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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  • 2comicsNorth American Comic strips.

    • ‘Drama and comics are also used to help students better understand the some of the more complex concepts.’
    • ‘Satrapi illustrates her comics in a simple style, but don't let that fool you.’
    • ‘Born in New York in 1923, Roy drew much of his inspiration from advertisements, comics and cartoons.’
    • ‘However, I try to take 15 minutes each day to read the daily comics in the newspaper.’
    • ‘We loaded the car up with snacks, comics, some storybooks and a selection of toys in order to keep up Zachery's interest.’
    • ‘How on earth can the most truthful thing in the newspaper be the comics?’
    • ‘The style of production of independents who work on their own comics tends to differ from that of their contract work.’
    • ‘I stared at the pink walls covered in horse posters, sketches, and drawn comics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Actually she's been doing mostly comics and hadn't done actual drawing for years.’
    • ‘Transparencies were made of the cartoons and comics to share with students.’
    • ‘Sam sat at the rickety old table, sipping a cup of coffee and skimming through the comics in the daily paper.’
    cartoon paper, comic paper, funny magazine, comic book, graphic novel
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Origin

Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek kōmikos, from kōmos ‘revel’.

Pronunciation

comic

/ˈkämik//ˈkɑmɪk/