[ mahym, meem ]
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  1. the art or technique of portraying a character, mood, idea, or narration by gestures and bodily movements; pantomime.

  2. an actor who specializes in this art.

  1. an ancient Greek or Roman farce that depended for effect largely upon ludicrous actions and gestures.

  2. a player in such a farce.

  3. a jester, clown, or comedian.

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

  2. to act in mime.

verb (used without object),mimed, mim·ing.
  1. to play a part by mime or mimicry.

Origin of mime

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

Other words from mime

  • mimer, noun

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How to use mime in a sentence

  • It was a motley group in whose midst I stood: in this respect equalling a party of Guy Fawkes mimers.

    The Guerilla Chief | Mayne Reid
  • Odin rides to Mimers well to ask advice of Mimer for himself and his folk.

  • Odin carried with him Mimers head, which told him all the news of other countries.

British Dictionary definitions for mime (1 of 2)


/ (maɪm) /

  1. the theatrical technique of expressing an idea or mood or portraying a character entirely by gesture and bodily movement without the use of words

  2. Also called: mime artist a performer specializing in such a technique, esp a comic actor

  1. a dramatic presentation using such a technique

  2. (in the classical theatre)

    • a comic performance depending for effect largely on exaggerated gesture and physical action

    • an actor in such a performance

  1. to express (an idea) in actions or gestures without speech

  2. (of singers or musicians) to perform as if singing (a song) or playing (a piece of music) that is actually prerecorded

Origin of mime

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

Derived forms of mime

  • mimer, noun

British Dictionary definitions for MIME (2 of 2)


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abbreviation for
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