mime

noun
\ 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

mime

verb
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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Verb

mimer noun

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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 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 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 Now its mime-heavy structure seems like a lost opportunity. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Melody Mennite powers Houston Ballet’s ‘Marie’," 17 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Zelensky once mimed playing a piano duet with his genitals. BostonGlobe.com, "Like Trump, Zelensky has a past as an entertainer: Before running for office, he was best known for his starring role in the TV show “Servant of the People,” in which he played a lovable goofball teacher accidentally elected the president of Ukraine.," 2 Oct. 2019 Pryor didn’t miss a beat every time the youngster turned to talk to him, gesturing at the screen to emphasize his points and impressively miming a complete understanding. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Dad and Baby Son Whose 'Conversation' Video Went Viral Star in Adorable New Ad for Denny's," 20 June 2019 The clown reportedly also mimed crying expressions as Jack went over the paperwork describing his termination. oregonlive, "New Zealand worker feared he might lose his job. So he brought an emotional support clown to work.," 13 Sep. 2019 The only difference is that the actors will be miming every single interaction with a prop. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Actors also provide sound effects in Theatre of Western Springs’ ‘Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Studio’," 19 Aug. 2019 Vincenzo Montella was a diminutive Italian winger who nailed a celebration early in his career, out-stretching his arms and running around miming an aeroplane. SI.com, "Footballers' Nicknames: 15 of the Weirdest & Most Wonderful Monikers in the Beautiful Game," 14 Aug. 2019 The actors are meant to make use of furnishings at hand and mime the rest. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Moby Dick — Rehearsed’ swims in an ocean of imagination at Theatricum," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of mime

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1728, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for mime

Noun

Latin mimus, from Greek mimos

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7 Dec 2019

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“Mime.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mimer. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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mime

noun
How to pronounce MIME (audio)

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

mime

verb

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

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

mime

noun
\ 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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