mimic

A mimic is someone who is good at imitating others. A gifted mimic might be able to imitate one president after another just by minimally changing facial expression and manner of speaking.

Mimic, related to mime, an entertainer who performs using gestures not speech, can be traced back to the Greek mimeisthai "to imitate." Usually when you mimic someone, you imitate them in order to make fun of them. Performers mimic famous people to get laughs, but ordinary people mimic others when they are angry at them. Who hasn't mimicked parents or a boss who has said no one too many times?!

Definitions of mimic
1

v imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect

“The actor mimicked the President very accurately”
Synonyms:
mime
Type of:
copy, imitate, simulate
reproduce someone's behavior or looks

n someone who mimics (especially an actor or actress)

Synonyms:
mimicker
Type of:
imitator, impersonator
someone who (fraudulently) assumes the appearance of another

adj constituting an imitation

“"the mimic warfare of the opera stage"- Archibald Alison”
Synonyms:
imitative
marked by or given to imitation

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