\ 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

Synonyms for mime

Synonyms: Noun

mimic, mummer, pantomime, pantomimist

Synonyms: Verb

ape, copy, copycat, emulate, imitate, mimic

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Examples of mime in a Sentence


an actor with a gift for mime a performance done in mime an actor who is a talented mime


He mimed playing a guitar. She mimed picking up the phone and dialing a number.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Using mime, comedy, and interactive stories, Rivest explores a universe of humorous space stories. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 5 June 2019 This follows its opening of The Parisian in September 2016, targeting non-gambling tourists with a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower and roaming mime artists. Ese Erheriene, WSJ, "Macau, Asia’s Vegas, Can’t Beat the Real McCoy for Fun," 1 Aug. 2018 Kris, or Pepe (her mime name), starts by making silent movements outside of Khloé’s family-room window. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "Khloé Kardashian’s Very Sweet, Very Genuine Pregnancy Announcement," 16 Jan. 2018 Look for mimes, buskers and street performers throughout the festival. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bastille Days is back Thursday, but the geography's shifted due to streetcar testing," 10 July 2018 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Pi Clowns Original clown vignettes blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation. SFChronicle.com, "Kids listings," 12 July 2018 And then, the hard part: To repeat your partner’s own story back to that person, but using only motions and mime, not words. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For theater community, finding ways to reflect societal diversity onstage is more urgent than ever," 13 July 2018 And then there is the mime for denouncing a fall: two hands thrust forward in a diving motion. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Soccer’s New Favorite Pantomime," 6 July 2018 Daytime, however, only reinforces the status quo of their enslavement — a reality that is given haunting theatrical life through mime. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "At South Coast Rep, glimmers of light in 'Little Black Shadows'," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This behavior comes with a societal cost: Sometimes, the stranger trying to get your attention, mouthing muffled words and miming removing the buds from your ears, just wants directions, or to ask some other benign question. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time," 5 June 2019 While greeting some students during his trip today, Harry was seen miming a baby bump on his belly, likely telling the kids about his wife Meghan Markle's pregnancy, according to a clip shared by journalist Valentine Low of The Times. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Adorably Talks About Meghan Markle's Pregnancy with Schoolchildren," 20 Mar. 2019 In the five-second visual, Harry mimed a baby bump to the kids, most likely alluding to his wife Meghan Markle's pregnancy, who is due in the spring. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Had the Most Chill Reaction to a Boy Who Didn't Think He Was a "Real Prince"," 21 Mar. 2019 The Duke of Sussex was seen miming a baby bump while talking to kids, according to video from the event. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Adorably Talks About Meghan Markle's Pregnancy with Schoolchildren," 20 Mar. 2019 Then Schumer mimes pulling out a tampon and hypnotizing her coworker with it. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Amy Schumer Gets Extremely Real About Periods in Her New Netflix Special," 20 Mar. 2019 Savannah was seen miming a trumpet solo, while George was seen covering his mouth in shock. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Skipping at Princess Eugenie's Wedding Is a Whole Mood," 12 Oct. 2018 At one point, seven-year-old Savannah was photographed pretending to play the trumpet, probably miming along to the blaring brass fanfare ahead of the bride's entrance. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Savannah Philips Steal the Show at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Expect everything from dance and miming to puppetry and monologues, but remain open-minded enough for surprises. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Things to Do in Chicago This Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of mime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of mime (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ 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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