Mickey Mouse Definition

Unimportant; trivial.
American Heritage
Intellectually unchallenging; simple.
His Mickey Mouse assignments soon bored the students.
American Heritage

(idiomatic) Of an item of dubious quality.

Oversimplified, shallow, insignificant, etc.
A Mickey Mouse college course.
Webster's New World

The most famous Disney character, an anthropomorphic mouse.


Origin of Mickey Mouse

  • The adjective sense developed during the Second World War, after a large quantity of low quality counterfeit Mickey Mouse watches flooded the UK.

    From Wiktionary

  • After the cartoon character Mickey Mouse , created by Walt Disney

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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