1An image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations.‘celebrity gossip and memes often originate on the site’
- ‘the concept originally started as an internet meme’
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2An element of a culture or system of behavior passed from one individual to another by imitation or other nongenetic means.
transitive verb[with object]
Create an internet meme from (an image, video, piece of text, etc.)‘there's always one audience reaction shot at the Oscars that gets memed’
- ‘on social media she was mocked and memed’
1970s (in meme (sense 2 of the noun)): coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, from Greek mimēma ‘that which is imitated’, on the pattern of gene.