[mahym, meem]


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.

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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Examples from the Web for miming

Contemporary Examples of miming

Historical Examples of miming

  • "Papa sails tomorrow," said someone, miming her desperate tones.

    My Shipmate--Columbus

    Stephen Wilder

  • Sammy raised his eyebrows and spread out his hands, miming What happens now?


    Cory Doctorow

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for miming


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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)
  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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Word Origin and History for miming



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper