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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
mim•ic /ˈmɪmɪk/USA pronunciation
v., -icked, -ick•ing, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully, sometimes to insult another:He mimicked the teacher's scolding.
- to resemble closely:This virus mimics the effects of the other.
mim•ick•er, n. [countable]
- a person or thing that mimics, esp. a performer.
(mim′ik), v., -icked, -ick•ing, n., adj.
- to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.
- to imitate in a servile or unthinking way;
- to be an imitation of;
- a person who mimics, esp. a performer skilled in mimicking others.
- a copy or imitation of something.
- a performer in a mime.
- imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale:a mimic battle.
- apt at or given to imitating;
1 . follow, mock;
- Greek mīmikós. See mime, -ic
- Latin mīmicus
simulate, counterfeit. 7 . mock, simulated.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mimic /ˈmɪmɪk/ vb ( -ics, -icking, -icked)(transitive)
- to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; ape
- to take on the appearance of; resemble closely: certain 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
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin mīmicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mimeˈmimicker n
- of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
- simulated, make-believe, or mock