\ 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, the actors gather in four groups on stage and mime the action of being tossed about by the waves. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "In real life they were white men. This Baltimore play uses women, people of color to tell their story.," 13 Dec. 2019 The human circus with all kinds of what-did-I-just-see aerialists, fire knife dancers, acrobats, trapeze artists, balance acts, jugglers, mimes, musicians and singers has been reinterpreted for a run from Dec. 13-Feb. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Derring-do deux? Cirque du Soleil gives ‘Alegria’ a makeover," 5 Dec. 2019 With outstanding precision and intention behind every movement, their performances land somewhere on the storytelling spectrum around clown work and mime. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Eric Carle’s books are brought beautifully to life in ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’," 4 Oct. 2019 He was also known for the expressiveness of his mime, the silent art that depends on conventionalized gestures and facial expressions to convey the contours of a story. John Check, WSJ, "‘Marius Petipa’ Review: The Imperial Ballet Master," 28 June 2019 The plentiful mime is both broad and exact, capable of showing — without sound — how Harlequin’s foppish rival sings poorly. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: ‘Harlequinade’ Has Charming Baubles, but Why Do It?," 5 June 2018 Reacting with mime-style expressiveness, the actresses do a double-take. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "A little earnest absurdism about bodily functions goes a long way in the Welders’ ‘LadyM’," 16 July 2019 Le Hop has already posted a video, including the appearance of a mime. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's streetcar The Hop goes right past Bastille Days, so it's changing its name on social media," 10 July 2019 Using mime, comedy, and interactive stories, Rivest explores a universe of humorous space stories. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 12 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Gucci’s straitjackets draw a model’s silent protest on the runway: ‘Mental health is not fashion’," 23 Sep. 2019 Mostert lies in the end zone, mimes paddling out on a board, then leaps up into a surf stance. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Mostert’s surfing pals revel in 49ers RB’s rise: ‘Everyone is hyped’," 27 Jan. 2020 The clown reportedly also mimed crying expressions as Jack went over the paperwork describing his termination. Washington Post, "He thought he might lose his job. So he brought an emotional support clown to work.," 14 Sep. 2019 Reynolds, whom the Phillies would send to mime school in order to enhance his skills, would personify the Phanatic for the next 16 seasons. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Will Phillies Have to Ditch Phillie Phanatic Mascot?," 6 Aug. 2019 As the show progressed, other classic theater mediums were seamlessly blended into the structure of the night, from contemporary dance to vaudevillian miming to straightforward singing, the thing that made FKA Twigs famous in the first place. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "FKA Twigs brought her ‘Magdalene’ show to life at the Riviera with music, dance, beauty and raw emotion," 16 Nov. 2019 The clown reportedly also mimed crying expressions as Jack went over the paperwork describing his termination. Washington Post, "He thought he might lose his job. So he brought an emotional support clown to work.," 14 Sep. 2019 While there, Elliott celebrated by miming Prescott’s viral hip-dance warmup. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Ezekiel Elliott on Dak Prescott's Dallas Cowboys success: Why should I be mad?," 21 Nov. 2019 Conversations and arguments and mouthed and mimed, but no words are actually spoken. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 'Laura and the Sea’ asks, how well do you know your coworkers? What if there’s a suicide?," 6 Nov. 2019

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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 Jan 2020

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“Mime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mime. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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