dumb show



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

Related forms

dumb-show, adjective
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dumb show


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

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