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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Synonyms: 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 Hager is a retired Grossmont College mime and theater professor who also is remembered as Kazoo the Clown, a longtime entertainer at Seaport Village. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 Hager is a retired Grossmont College mime and theater professor who also is remembered as Kazoo the Clown, a longtime entertainer at Seaport Village. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 Hager is a retired Grossmont College mime and theater professor who also is remembered as Kazoo the Clown, a longtime entertainer at Seaport Village. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 Hager is a retired Grossmont College mime and theater professor who also is remembered as Kazoo the Clown, a longtime entertainer at Seaport Village. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 July 2021 Kilomba, who is of West African descent, describes her role in the film as that of a griot, a storyteller of the African oral tradition, while an ensemble of Black actors dance and mime, silently acting out the tales. New York Times, 8 July 2021 Olivia plays a former mime (who nonetheless pantomimes 90 percent of the scene) who’s processing her trauma with the help of Bossy Rossy and her interpreter, therapist, and charades partner Gottmik. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 13 Feb. 2021 Each evening, the woman’s family would gather outside the window, call her phone, and mime through the glass. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2020 His older brother, Alexander, a mime, died of COVID a few days before him. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 2 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Mostert lies in the end zone, mimes paddling out on a board, then leaps up into a surf stance. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, 27 Jan. 2020

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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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8 Sep 2021

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“Mime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mime. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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