Definition of mimicry in US English:



  • 1The action or art of imitating someone or something, typically in order to entertain or ridicule.

    ‘the word was spoken with gently teasing mimicry’
    ‘a playful mimicry of the techniques of realist writers’
    • ‘No other kind of entertainment programmes such as mimicry and ganamela could be conducted along with the magic show, due to the props.’
    • ‘She discovered the gift of mimicry by studying people in the street and doing impressions of them through the window of their house or performing sketches for her mother.’
    • ‘They negotiate the dicey line between mimicry and mockery partly by dint of fascination with details.’
    • ‘Skitcom performers, especially those with skills at mimicry, typically disappear into their roles.’
    • ‘Foxx can be subtle and funny here, but his performance often feels like a rather hollow if impressive feat of mimicry.’
    • ‘The technique they use to construct the documentary seems to me to be a loving reference to your work, rather than mimicry or a take-off.’
    • ‘It's also true that friends and colleagues in the workplace are sometimes very supportive of people with disabilities, but that fades in the face of mimicry and mockery.’
    • ‘Regular Jelly Bellys are known for their impressive mimicry of the flavors of other foods, but they don't get any weirder than buttered popcorn or jalapeño.’
    • ‘In his show he exploited a talent for mimicry that manifested itself in a Moira Anderson imitation when he was seven, and then in wicked parodies of his teachers.’
    • ‘Nagesh compèred the show and kept the audience entertained with his mimicry.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, one must consider who shot these images and allowed such an open, playful, form of mimicry.’
    • ‘From rain dances to bhangra, skits to mimicry, the employees rewrote office entertainment rules.’
    • ‘So there's some product mimicry, but real mimicry is impossible.’
    • ‘All art is but facsimile of nature and the art of imitating someone or something classically in order to entertain is mimicry.’
    • ‘Mani's mimicry skills were discovered by the late Fr. Abel of Kalabhavan.’
    • ‘Parody is mimicry in the service of ridicule; it implies anxiety.’
    • ‘In one sense, radio was indeed an impersonal medium for him - he prided himself on his skills of mimicry and his way with accents.’
    • ‘Actually blinded by prosthetics, he walks the fine line between acting and mimicry, giving a performance that is neither stifled by imitation, nor unconvincing.’
    • ‘Monomane takes imitation through mimicry and beyond to caricature with comic effect.’
    • ‘Hoffman duplicates Capote's unusual voice and mannerisms with remarkable skill, but the performance is much more than mimicry.’
    imitation, imitating, impersonation, take-off, impression, copying, aping, caricature, mockery, parody, satire, lampoon, burlesque
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    1. 1.1Biology The close external resemblance of an animal or plant (or part of one) to another animal, plant, or inanimate object.
      • ‘In the book, al-Jahiz discusses animal mimicry - noting that certain parasites adapt to the color of their host.’
      • ‘Across the genus as a whole, the evolution of mimicry seems to be associated with increased rates of species diversification.’
      • ‘It may involve mimicry, he said, as dolphins are unsurpassed in imitative abilities among nonhuman animals.’
      • ‘So far, no cases of scent mimicry have been reported for food-deceptive species although it occurs in cases of sexual mimicry.’
      • ‘We don't find Mount Rushmores in biology, we find phenomena such as mimicry and camouflage.’