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

  • n. Informal Variant of mike.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Microphone.
  • v. To put one or microphones on or in; to use or place a microphone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviation of Micah, a book of the Old Testament.


1961 mic. Abbreviation and alteration of microphone. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Mike" dates to the 1920s, according to the OED, while "mic" dates to the 1960s. Most dictionaries consider "mic" a variant. Yet Wordnik's stats show a recent explosion in its use. Why? "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" both spell it "mic."

    August 21, 2009