- the art or technique of portraying a character, mood, idea, or narration by gestures and bodily movements; pantomime.
- an actor who specializes in this art.
- an ancient Greek or Roman farce that depended for effect largely upon ludicrous actions and gestures.
- a player in such a farce.
- mimic(def 4).
- a jester, clown, or comedian.
- to mimic.
- to act in mime.
- to play a part by mime or mimicry.
Origin of mime
Related Words for mimecomedian, pantomime, impersonator, mimic, imitator, pantomimist, caricature, mimicry, imitation, mockery, imitate, pretend, impersonate, represent, farce, clown, buffoon, copy, ape
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Contemporary Examples of mime
Four years from now, I expect to see the presidential debates conducted entirely in mime.The Flapdoodle Campaign
October 23, 2012
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.Pablo Schreiber on His New Off-Broadway Play
February 1, 2011
Historical Examples of mime
Was it at all surprising that he should have made so rapid and signal a success as a mime?Scaramouche
"Only leave me to myself," the Mime sobbed, moving his sore body.
He looked long and curiously at the Mime and could read his heart.
Siegfried must do this and the Mime should profit by it, and afterward kill Siegfried.
"Now we have arrived where the Dragon lives," the Mime said to Siegfried.
- the theatrical technique of expressing an idea or mood or portraying a character entirely by gesture and bodily movement without the use of words
- Also called: mime artist a performer specializing in such a technique, esp a comic actor
- a dramatic presentation using such a technique
- (in the classical theatre)
- a comic performance depending for effect largely on exaggerated gesture and physical action
- an actor in such a performance
- to express (an idea) in actions or gestures without speech
- (of singers or musicians) to perform as if singing (a song) or playing (a piece of music) that is actually prerecorded
Word Origin for mime
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Word Origin and History 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.