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noun

a part of a dramatic representation given in pantomime, common in early English drama.
gestures without speech.

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Origin of dumb show

First recorded in 1555–65

OTHER WORDS FROM dumb show

dumb-show, adjective
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dumb show

noun

a part of a play acted in pantomime, popular in early English drama
meaningful gestures; mime
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