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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a comic actor
▪ He was a comic actor and he always got a laugh.
a comic role
▪ She admits she is attracted to comic roles.
a comic/tragic character (=a funny or sad one)
▪ Homer Simpson is a great comic character.
comic strip
musical/comic/mathematical etc genius
▪ Both are larger-than-life comic actors.
▪ Now though, in the great tradition of comic actors, he wants to be taken seriously.
▪ No comic actress working today is funnier or more versatile.
▪ Bonita Friedericy, Natalie Schafer Award for an up-and-coming comic actress.
▪ You can use the programs to edit photos and create greeting cards, certificates, comic books, labels and other goodies.
▪ The evolution of the comic book continued on its varied path, developing new ideas and throwing up new characters.
▪ The personal appearance of Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-man, the X-Men and other comic book heroes.
▪ It's a comic book sort of thing, doing everything in your power to present yourselves as greater than your audience.
▪ I had a ton of comic books, too.
▪ UnbreakabLe is a movie partly about comic books.
▪ The game had colorful pictures, the covers of comic books, it even had a picture of Earth!
▪ UnbreakabLe is a movie partly about comic books.
▪ Word spread widely and quickly, through the networks, even through underground comic books where the illiterate could read them.
▪ There's a certain type of movie about comic books that's been made over and over.
▪ You can use the programs to edit photos and create greeting cards, certificates, comic books, labels and other goodies.
▪ Alcohol, comic books and mouthwash all bask under the superior reputation of the market.
▪ I had a ton of comic books, too.
▪ The game had colorful pictures, the covers of comic books, it even had a picture of Earth!
▪ She threw out my comic books, too.
▪ A sense of comic character and timing are the main requirements, and John carried it off successfully.
▪ Here are some Marvel comic characters.
▪ Joe Shuster, cartoonist who developed the original Superman comic character, died Los Angeles, aged seventy-eight.
▪ Sally Jo Bannow makes even Edith the housemaid into a major comic character.
▪ For many years Jack Benny had a comic character on his programs named Mr Shlepperman-a timid, weak-kneed character.
▪ It's one of those rare books of comic genius that imprints itself on the brain and can never afterwards be eradicated.
▪ I mean, he was a comic genius, yet he still wanted to be something he wasn't.
▪ The only saving grace was Robert Downey Junior's performance as the comic genius they said.
▪ It isn't every comic genius who would undertake to send his talent into such painful places.
▪ This is more of the same, a comic novel about the difficulties of being different.
▪ I doubt it too; it is simply too good comic opera to be true.
▪ The comic opera of Gilbert and Sullivan is a regular feature on the Alexandra's varied programme.
▪ Interspersed between tragic stories are a few songs supplying pointed but comic relief.
▪ What I did was to provide him with some comic relief.
▪ He was, and he remained for the time being, a figure of comic relief.
▪ I raised £7.41 for comic relief by eating jelly with chopsticks.
▪ For comic relief, obviously; but we also suspect a topical reference worth considering as evidence in the dating game.
▪ Telephoning Jonathan to break off the engagement had almost been a high point of comic relief.
▪ She was able to take centre stage, providing comic relief while Zephyr shared intimate moments with her special friends.
▪ But no artist seems to have taken over the comic strip format whole until Art Spiegelman came along.
▪ The only thing was that now, it was more like a comic strip.
▪ Unfortunately, I am no longer able to maintain the schedule demanded by a daily comic strip.
▪ You may know him as the talented creator of that incisive Tucson Weekly comic strip, Staggering Heights.
▪ It's known as Fat Albert after a comic strip character.
▪ They starred in comic strips and branched out into radio.
▪ A leaning toward chemistry and chemical engineering was no doubt kindled in some way by a Mickey Mouse comic strip.
▪ Like all first-rate comic writers, Shaw was fascinated by the gulf between appearance and reality.
darkly funny/humorous/comic
▪ The show is a darkly comic look at medicine, money and morality.
▪ Social Blunders, which follows the romantic misadventures of 33-year-old Sam Callahan, is a darkly comic romp through heartache.
light/comic relief
▪ After a day's work, it was a bit of light relief to use it.
▪ After this beginning some light relief must have been welcome.
▪ All we can say is that, between them, the team eventually raises £3,450 for Comic Relief charities.
▪ Cold people shake Comic Relief canisters.
▪ For comic relief, obviously; but we also suspect a topical reference worth considering as evidence in the dating game.
▪ Her only light relief was Tony, who took her out every night.
▪ If it afforded the guardians a little light relief, the minutes do not suggest that the complaint was taken anything but seriously.
▪ Then, for light relief, this page: murder and murder trials.
▪ In Shakespeare's Henry 1V, the character of Falstaff provides us with a little comic relief.
▪ Like all comic writers, Shaw was fascinated by the gap between appearance and reality.
▪ She is one of the most gifted comic actresses on television.
▪ Streep provided one of the best comic performances of her career.
▪ Then Gertie got up on the stage and delighted us all by singing a comic song.
▪ A big woman, Wilkens uses her bulk to exquisite comic advantage.
▪ He went to Eastbourne secondary school before carving out a comic career in London.
▪ I mean, he was a comic genius, yet he still wanted to be something he wasn't.
▪ Many medieval manuscripts have decorated borders filled with comic animals and birds and people.
▪ No comic actress working today is funnier or more versatile.
▪ The comic euro is low because it can not, and will not be taken seriously by the world nations.
▪ Thomas Pynchon has also shown a consistent fondness for slapstick effects in his novels, drawn partly from comic cinema.
▪ Tyrone Guthrie was a great one for comic business, and it was amazing to see how Michael picked it all up.
▪ Gazzer could see Tony going into the lighted ticket-booth to read his comic.
▪ So I didn't even read comics.
▪ I read comics, like Victor and Dandy.
▪ a stand-up comic
▪ A comic gives children the opportunity to retreat into their own world; it is a very private thing.
▪ Gazzer could see Tony going into the lighted ticket-booth to read his comic.
▪ It would be rather more welcome if comics could still be comics.
▪ So we set some of our comics the toughest challenge of all make us laugh about Maastricht.
▪ Stand-up comics, actors and writers do not retire, Mr. Howerd pointed out.
▪ The language, not just the art work of comics changed then too.
▪ There is no text that can be read, such as there is even in a children's comic.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Comic \Com"ic\ (k[o^]m"[i^]k), a. [L. comicus pertaining to comedy, Gr. kwmiko`s: cf. F. comique. See Comedy.]

  1. Relating to comedy, as distinct from tragedy.

    I can not for the stage a drama lay, Tragic or comic, but thou writ'st the play.
    --B. Jonson.

  2. Causing mirth; ludicrous. ``Comic shows.''


Comic \Com"ic\, n. A comedian. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "of comedy in the dramatic sense," from Latin comicus "of comedy, represented in comedy, in comic style," from Greek komikos "of or pertaining to comedy," from komos (see comedy). Meaning "intentionally funny" first recorded 1791, and comedic (1630s) has since picked up the older sense of the word.Speaking of the masters of the comedic spirit (if I call it, as he does, the Comic Spirit, this darkened generation will suppose me to refer to the animal spirits of tomfools and merryandrews) .... [G.B. Shaw, 1897]\nSomething that is comic has comedy as its aim or origin; something is comical if the effect is comedy, whether intended or not.


"a comedian," 1580s, from comic (adj.). Latin adjective comicus also meant "a comic poet, writer of comedies." Meaning "a comic book or comic strip" is from 1889; comics for these collectively is from 1890. Comic strip first attested 1920; comic book is from 1941. Comic relief is attested from 1825.


a. 1 funny; amusing; comical. 2 Relating to comedy. n. 1 A comedian. 2 A cartoon story, a graphic novel. 3 (context British English) A children's newspaper.


n. a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts [syn: comedian]

  1. adj. arousing or provoking laughter; "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"; "an amusing fellow"; "a comic hat"; "a comical look of surprise"; "funny stories that made everybody laugh"; "a very funny writer"; "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"; "a mirthful experience"; "risible courtroom antics" [syn: amusing, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful, risible]

  2. of or relating to or characteristic of comedy; "comic hero"

  1. Redirect Comics
Comic (disambiguation)

Comic or Comics may refer to:

  • Comics, a medium of expression using images, often combined with text
  • another name for a comic book
  • another name for a comic strip
  • another name for a comedian
  • another name for a magazine
  • A Windows 8 App for reading comics from ComiXology
  • The Comic, a 1969 comedy film directed by Carl Reiner
  • Comics!, a 1990s Canadian TV series
  • "The Comic", a second season episode of The Collector (TV series)
  • Comic, unofficial nickname of the night fighter version of the Sopwith Camel, a First World War fighter aircraft
  • Comic, nickname of a variant of the Sopwith 1½ Strutter First World War aircraft

Usage examples of "comic".

And yes, there were certainly movie scenes in the offices looking out over the mines, the noise, the smoke, but this character Bagby, they remembered a minor character in the movie, kind of a straight man, a foil, short, fat, foul mouthed, a kind of a Punchinello, Oscar, real opera buffa, Bagby in one or two crude dimensions maybe, a stock character, a comic device.

Her features were exquisite and her voice charming, while she made me split my sides with laughing at her Italian pronounced with an Alsatian accent, and at her gestures which were of the most comic description.

He often amuses his companions at public-houses by reciting comic tales in verse.

But there were definite advantages of Roman rule, which no Antiochene denied, although their comic actors and the slaves who sang at private entertainments mocked the Romans and invented accusations of injustice and extortion that were even more outrageous than the truth.

Boldly I performed the chasse en avant and chasse en arriere glissade, until, when it came to my turn to move towards her and I, with a comic gesture, showed her the poor glove with its crumpled fingers, she laughed heartily, and seemed to move her tiny feet more enchantingly than ever over the parquetted floor.

Mansion, Ross Barnett was, incredibly, continuing the totally confused comic opera of rebellion.

But if in these festival hours under the beam of Hecate they are uncontrollable by the Comic Muse, she will not flatter them with her presence during the course of their insane and impious hilarities, whereof a description would out-Brocken Brockens and make Graymalkin and Paddock too intimately our familiars.

The butterball closed his eyes, and his whole face sagged in an expression of complete and comic despair.

The effect was comic, and Canfield found himself nearly smiling except that the face in the automobile window was now in his direct line of sight.

When they reached Windmill Street, Richard crossed the road and stared into the window of the Vintage Magazine Shop, examining the cartoonish models of forgotten film stars and the old posters and comics and magazines on display.

The dayroom orderly, fugitive from straight duty, sat on one of the motheaten upholstered chairs, boredly scanning a comic book, his mop between his knees.

So we do the Academic Adagio, the Deconstructionist Dip, the Theosophical Thrash, to rationalize why we love or hate or enjoy or find disappointing some book or movie or comic or tv show.

As we look along the line of the British dramatists for the last hundred years we shall find no parallel to his felicity in the use of comic inversion and equivoke, till we come to Gilbert.

The king was highly amused at the comic fancies which filled my play, and he made me a beautiful present.

Dostoevsky insists that the idea of applying Fourierism in Russia is simply comic, not to be taken seriously, and he assures the Commission that Petrashevsky is too intelligent a man ever to have had any such ridiculous whimsy.