Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characteristic of or having to do with comedy.
  • adj. Of or relating to comic strips.
  • adj. Amusing; humorous: a comic situation involving the family's pets.
  • n. A comedian.
  • n. A person whose behavior elicits laughter.
  • n. Comic strips.
  • n. A comic book.
  • n. A source of humor in art or life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. being funny
  • adj. related to comedy
  • n. A comedian
  • n. A cartoon story, a graphic novel
  • n. A children's newspaper

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to comedy, as distinct from tragedy.
  • adj. Causing mirth; ludicrous.
  • n. A comedian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to or of the nature of comedy, as distinct from tragedy. See comedy and drama.
  • Raising mirth; fitted to excite merriment.
  • n. A comic actor or singer; a writer of comedies; a comical person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of comedy
  • adj. arousing or provoking laughter
  • n. a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts

Etymologies

Middle English comice, from Latin cōmicus, from Greek kōmikos, from kōmos, revel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin comicus, from Ancient Greek κωμικός (komikos, "relating to comedy"), from κῶμος (kōmos, "carousal"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "The third male comes on, he's everything a comic should be except funny, about forty-five, rotund, evening dress, a flat cap, a glove on one hand, after each joke he transfers the glove to the other and says 'On the other hand', he ends up with a song that I forgot even as he sang it. He left an indelible blank on my mind."
    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall.'

    April 18, 2009