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pantomime

[ pan-tuh-mahym ]
/ ˈpæn təˌmaɪm /
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noun

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

to represent or express in pantomime.

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

to express oneself in pantomime.

RELATED WORDS

deception, travesty, farce, nod, signal, sign, token, indication, action, reminder, expression, salute, ape, resemble, simulate, mirror, caricature, mimicry, imitation, mockery

Nearby words

pantofle, pantograph, pantographer, pantographic, pantology, pantomime, pantomimist, pantomogram, pantonal, pantonality, pantothenate

Origin of pantomime

1580–90; earlier pantomimus < Latin < Greek pantómīmos. See panto-, mime
Related formspan·to·mim·ic [pan-tuh-mim-ik] /ˌpæn təˈmɪm ɪk/, pan·to·mim·i·cal, adjectivepan·to·mim·i·cal·ly, adverbpan·to·mim·ic·ry, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pantomime

pantomime

/ (ˈpæntəˌmaɪm) /

noun

(in Britain)
  1. a kind of play performed at Christmas time characterized by farce, music, lavish sets, stock roles, and topical jokesSometimes shortened to: panto
  2. (as modifier)a pantomime horse
a theatrical entertainment in which words are replaced by gestures and bodily actions
action without words as a means of expression
(in ancient Rome) an actor in a dumb show
informal, mainly British a confused or farcical situation

verb

another word for mime (def. 5)
Derived Formspantomimic (ˌpæntəˈmɪmɪk), adjectivepantomimist (ˈpæntəˌmaɪmɪst), noun

Word Origin for pantomime

C17: via Latin from Greek pantomīmos; see panto-, mime
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