- a part of a dramatic representation given in pantomime, common in early English drama.
- gestures without speech.
Origin of dumb show
First recorded in 1555–65
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Examples from the Web for dumb show
The play is in dumb-show, and no character is permitted to speak on the stage.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
The noise and rumor of the crowded pavements were to me but dumb-show.The Three Impostors
Kostran will deliver his speech in dumb-show, and we'll dub the sound in and telecast them as one.Time Crime
H. Beam Piper
This dumb-show could not fail to attract the observation of Content.The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish
James Fenimore Cooper
It is as much as to say: 'Here you have all dumb-show talking.'A Book of the Play
- a part of a play acted in pantomime, popular in early English drama
- meaningful gestures; mime
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