\ ˈmīm How to pronounce mime (audio) also ˈmēm \

Definition of mime

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an ancient dramatic entertainment representing scenes from life usually in a ridiculous manner
2a : an actor in a mime
b : one that practices mime


mimed; miming

Definition of mime (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to act a part with mimic gesture and action usually without words

transitive verb

1 : mimic
2 : to act out in the manner of a mime

Definition of MIME (Entry 3 of 3)

multipurpose Internet mail extensions

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mimer noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of mime in a Sentence

Noun an actor with a gift for mime a performance done in mime an actor who is a talented mime Verb He mimed playing a guitar. She mimed picking up the phone and dialing a number.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hoffberger dropped out of high school to study mime in Paris with the legendary Marcel Marceau. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 23 Mar. 2022 Her family would laugh watching a young girl mime the actions of a much more mature woman, but the punchline would later become Clayton's career. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2022 Some scenes will also feature the actors in mime-like masks. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2022 In 2020, the company produced its first truly international feature: Resistance, starring Jesse Eisenberg as mime Marcel Marceau, in the true story of his fight with the French Resistance against the Nazis. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2022 This led him to a class with the renowned mime and master teacher Jacques Lecoq, whose pioneering training was rooted in clowning, improvisation and mask work. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Emily bails to cheer up Mindy and leaves Madeline to get hazed by the only mime in Paris. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 24 Dec. 2021 Anyway, great job not being totally upstaged by a mime. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021 The multitalented Hoyer is a clown, mime, puppeteer, and teacher. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 23 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The last pair at the prom are Gia and Electric Metric, who mime out a winning little skit. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 10 Dec. 2021 At first, the double, always seen with his back to the camera, would simply mime Mackie’s readings. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 Within days, Rae posted herself and her mother reacting to the video, which quickly racked up 10 million views and in turn caused thousands of other users to mime themselves singing along to the clip. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 6 May 2021 Among his favorite bits is miming Nadal's penchant for longer shorts, rolling up his sleeves and crouching prior to receiving a serve. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 12 July 2019 Watching the wild ending again, Liz thinks back to Ron miming shooting all the kids, who gleefully play dead. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, 6 Jan. 2020 As one actor mimes a camel ride, the kids laugh raucously. Lily Altavena, azcentral, 5 Jan. 2020 Some movements were big, like Greenlee’s, who crouched and mimed turning the wheel of a car. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2019 In February, Gucci issued an apology and pulled a wool balaclava jumper that retailed for $890 from its shelves after online critics accused the turtleneck of miming blackface. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of mime


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1728, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for mime


Latin mimus, from Greek mimos

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5 Apr 2022

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“Mime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mime. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for mime


\ ˈmīm How to pronounce mime (audio) \

Kids Definition of mime

1 : the art of showing a character or telling a story using body movements and gestures without words
2 : a person who performs mime

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