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mime

play
noun \ˈmīm also ˈmēm\

Simple Definition of mime

  • : a form of entertainment in which a performer plays a character or tells a story without words by using body movements and facial expressions

  • : a performance done without speaking : a performance using mime

  • : a performer who uses mime

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mime

  1. 1 :  an ancient dramatic entertainment representing scenes from life usually in a ridiculous manner

  2. 2 a :  an actor in a mime b :  one that practices mime

  3. 3 :  mimic 2

  4. 4 :  pantomime 3

Examples of mime in a sentence

  1. an actor with a gift for mime

  2. a performance done in mime

  3. an actor who is a talented mime



Origin and Etymology of mime

Latin mimus, from Greek mimos


First Known Use: 1616


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mime

verb

Simple Definition of mime

  • : to make the movements of someone who is doing (something) without actually doing it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mime

mimed

miming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to act a part with mimic gesture and action usually without words

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  mimic

  5. 2 :  to act out in the manner of a mime

mimer

noun

Examples of mime in a sentence

  1. He mimed playing a guitar.

  2. She mimed picking up the phone and dialing a number.



1728

First Known Use of mime

1728


MIME

abbreviation

Definition of MIME

  1. multipurpose Internet mail extensions




MIME Defined for Kids

mime

play
noun \ˈmīm\

Definition of mime for Students

  1. 1 :  the art of showing a character or telling a story using body movements and gestures without words

  2. 2 :  a person who performs mime





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