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Mimick (noun)

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Mímick. n.s. [mimicus, Latin.]

  1. A ludicrous imitator; a buffoon who copies another's act or manner so as to excite laughter.

    Like poor Andrew I advance,
    False mimick of my master's dance:
    Around the cord a while I sprawl,
    And thence, though slow, in earnest fall.

  2. A mean or servile imitator.

    Of France the mimick, and of Spain the prey. Anon.

Sources: Johnson, Samuel (5) · Prior, Matthew (162)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Mimick (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 9, 2012. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/mimick-noun/.

  1. The “anonymous” quote is one of Samuel Johnson’s own: it is a line from his poem “London.”

  2. Brandi on May 12th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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