- 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 mimingcomedian, pantomime, impersonator, mimic, imitator, pantomimist, caricature, mimicry, imitation, mockery, imitate, pretend, impersonate, represent, farce, clown, buffoon, copy, ape
Examples from the Web for miming
Contemporary Examples of miming
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
December 13, 2011
Historical Examples of miming
"Papa sails tomorrow," said someone, miming her desperate tones.My Shipmate--Columbus
Sammy raised his eyebrows and spread out his hands, miming What happens now?Makers
The entire corps vibrated with life, did their full share in the dancing and miming.
He compelled the old man to run through his paces, as Holloway criticized each study in miming.The Voice on the Wire
Eustace Hale Ball
Now the miming of ordinary ballet-dancers has often in the past seemed to be more than a little ridiculous.
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- 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
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.