verb (used with object), mimed, mim·ing.
verb (used without object), mimed, mim·ing.
Origin of mime
Examples from the Web for mime
Four years from now, I expect to see the presidential debates conducted entirely in mime.
I do this thing where I hold my breath and turn my face red right before I run across stage to mime throwing up in the trash can.
Siegfried now returns, and is very angry when he finds that Mime has not yet forged the sword.The Opera|R.A. Streatfeild
Mime and Siegfried approach, Mime showing the way to the cave.
We go to the theatres to see the mime; in their days the mime made his theatre in the great man's hall.Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4|Charles Dudley Warner
Siegfried exclaims that Mime must weld the pieces into a trusty weapon.The Complete Opera Book|Gustav Kobb
He is occasionally mentioned in the later poem of Biterolf, as Mime the Old.The Story of Siegfried|James Baldwin
- a comic performance depending for effect largely on exaggerated gesture and physical action
- an actor in such a performance
Word Origin for mime
c.1600, "a buffoon who practices gesticulations" [Johnson], from French mime (16c.) and directly from Latin mimus, from Greek mimos "imitator, mimic, actor, mime, buffoon," of unknown origin. In reference to a performance, 1640s in a classical context; 1932 as "a pantomime."
1610s, "to act without words," from mime (n.). The transferred sense of "to imitate" is from 1733 (Greek mimeisthai meant "to imitate"). Meaning "to pretend to be singing a pre-recorded song" is from 1965. Related: mimed; miming.