dumb show


: a part of a play presented in pantomime
: signs and gestures without words : pantomime

Examples of dumb show in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kathryn Bostic is our composer and the music is just so beautiful and real and present in such a dumb show, which is such a fun mix. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Aug. 2023 This is an epically, delightfully dumb show. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2023 Moon Knight's Khonshu desired Moon Knight's wife as his next Moon Knight, a lost subplot on a rapturously dumb show. Darren Franich, EW.com, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dumb show was in 1561

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“Dumb show.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumb%20show. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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