- the art or technique of conveying emotions, actions, feelings, etc., by gestures without speech.
- a play or entertainment in which the performers express themselves mutely by gestures, often to the accompaniment of music.
- significant gesture without speech.
- an actor in dumb show, as in ancient Rome.
- Also called Christmas pantomime. a form of theatrical spectacle common in England during the Christmas season, generally adapted from a fairy tale and including stock character types who perform songs and dances, tell jokes, etc.
- to represent or express in pantomime.
- to express oneself in pantomime.
Origin of pantomime
Examples from the Web for pantomimic
They were, no doubt, chiefly of a pantomimic and ephemeral kind.Art in England
Nor must we overlook the effect of dramatic and pantomimic action.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
There is a pantomimic magic in the word since the memorable days of Whittington.The Book of Christmas
Thomas K. Hervey
The pantomimic movements of these Indians are all the language of signs.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
He represented in pantomimic dance the scene of Achilles in the island of Scyros.Darkness and Dawn
Frederic W. Farrar
- (in Britain)
- a kind of play performed at Christmas time characterized by farce, music, lavish sets, stock roles, and topical jokesSometimes shortened to: panto
- (as modifier)a pantomime horse
- a theatrical entertainment in which words are replaced by gestures and bodily actions
- action without words as a means of expression
- (in ancient Rome) an actor in a dumb show
- informal, mainly British a confused or farcical situation
- another word for mime (def. 5)
Word Origin and History for pantomimic
1610s, "mime actor," from Latin pantomimus "mime, dancer," from Greek pantomimos "actor," literally "imitator of all," from panto- (genitive of pan) "all" (see pan-) + mimos "imitator" (see mime (n.)).
Meaning "drama or play without words" first recorded 1735. The English dramatic performances so called, usually at Christmas and with words and songs and stock characters, are attested by this name from 1739; said to have originated c.1717. Related: Pantomimic; pantomimical.
1768, from pantomime (n.). Related: Pantomimed; pantomiming.