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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Other Words from mime

Verb

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

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

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 People gesture and wave, seem to hold invisible objects, or arrange items or mime doing something like cooking or knitting. Sallie Tisdale, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Expect, Say, and Do When a Loved One Is About to Die," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Kihyun and Minhyun begin to mime how Shownu rubs skin-care products around his face. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Group Monsta X Reveals the Skin-Care Tips That Make Their Complexions "Shine Forever"," 27 July 2018 And in Georgetown, some of the Caps frolicked in a shallow fountain, including a shirtless Ovi who mimed the breaststroke. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Are the Washington Capitals the drunkest champions ever?," 11 June 2018 Oh, and who can forget the ski shows, with guys and girls in bathing suits miming to pop songs about romance on the beach. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sea-Arama in Galveston was an island attraction for decades," 11 July 2018

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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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mime

noun

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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