\ 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 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 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 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 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

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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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12 Oct 2019

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“Mime.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miming. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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