[ mahym, meem ]
/ maɪm, mim /
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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.
a jester, clown, or comedian.
verb (used with object), mimed, mim·ing.
to act in mime.
verb (used without object), mimed, mim·ing.
to play a part by mime or mimicry.
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Origin of mime
1610–20; <Latin mīmus<Greek mîmos imitator, mime, akin to mīmeîsthai to copy, imitate
OTHER WORDS FROM mimemimer, noun
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How to use mime in a sentence
“They ended up miming their performance,” she told The Daily Beast.So What if Beyoncé Lip-Synced the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’?|Tricia Romano|January 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I told them I was embarrassed to do the air hand-job miming thing.Emmy-Nominated Actress Anna Gunn, ‘Breaking Bad’s Skyler White, Tells All|Maria Elena Fernandez|September 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Roy Choi is miming eating a Cuban sandwich while dancing to an unheard beat.Street Food Guru Roy Choi on Sunny Spot, Food Trucks, Kogi & More|Jace Lacob|December 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Now the miming of ordinary ballet-dancers has often in the past seemed to be more than a little ridiculous.The Russian Ballet|Ellen Terry
Both in the actors miming and in the dancing an important element is the stamping of beats with the shoeless foot.
Some actors, says wada, here write in the air with their fan; but such detailed miming is vulgar.
"Il Barone" was a favourite subject for another form of "Miming," that of the wooden figures called Marionettes.A History of Pantomime|R. J. Broadbent
Sammy raised his eyebrows and spread out his hands, miming What happens now?Makers|Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for mime (1 of 2)
/ (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)
- 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
Derived forms of mimemimer, noun
Word Origin for mime
Old English mīma, from Latin mīmus mimic actor, from Greek mimos imitator
British Dictionary definitions for mime (2 of 2)
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