[ mahym, meem ]
/ maɪm, mim /


verb (used with object), mimed, mim·ing.

to mimic.
to act in mime.

verb (used without object), mimed, mim·ing.

to play a part by mime or mimicry.

Nearby words

  1. mim,
  2. mimamsa,
  3. mimas,
  4. mimba,
  5. mimbar,
  6. mimeo,
  7. mimeograph,
  8. mimesis,
  9. mimetic,
  10. mimetism

Origin of mime

1610–20; < Latin mīmus < Greek mîmos imitator, mime, akin to mīmeîsthai to copy, imitate

Related formsmim·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for mime


/ (maɪm) /


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)
  1. a comic performance depending for effect largely on exaggerated gesture and physical action
  2. 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
Derived Formsmimer, noun

Word Origin for mime

Old English mīma, from Latin mīmus mimic actor, from Greek mimos imitator


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abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for mime
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