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mime

[mahym, meem] /maɪm, mim/
noun
1.
the art or technique of portraying a character, mood, idea, or narration by gestures and bodily movements; pantomime.
2.
an actor who specializes in this art.
3.
an ancient Greek or Roman farce that depended for effect largely upon ludicrous actions and gestures.
4.
a player in such a farce.
5.
mimic (def 4).
6.
a jester, clown, or comedian.
verb (used with object), mimed, miming.
7.
to mimic.
8.
to act in mime.
verb (used without object), mimed, miming.
9.
to play a part by mime or mimicry.
Origin of mime
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin mīmus < Greek mîmos imitator, mime, akin to mīmeîsthai to copy, imitate
Related forms
mimer, noun
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Examples from the Web for miming
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  • Sammy raised his eyebrows and spread out his hands, miming What happens now?

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • The entire corps vibrated with life, did their full share in the dancing and miming.

    The Russian Ballet Ellen Terry
  • He compelled the old man to run through his paces, as Holloway criticized each study in miming.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • But so it is; and truly as strange things may happen when a whole People goes mumming and miming.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • Now the miming of ordinary ballet-dancers has often in the past seemed to be more than a little ridiculous.

    The Russian Ballet Ellen Terry
  • "Il Barone" was a favourite subject for another form of "miming," that of the wooden figures called Marionettes.

    A History of Pantomime R. J. Broadbent
  • "Papa sails tomorrow," said someone, miming her desperate tones.

    My Shipmate--Columbus Stephen Wilder
British Dictionary definitions for miming

mime

/maɪm/
noun
1.
the theatrical technique of expressing an idea or mood or portraying a character entirely by gesture and bodily movement without the use of words
2.
Also called mime artist. a performer specializing in such a technique, esp a comic actor
3.
a dramatic presentation using such a technique
4.
(in the classical theatre)
  1. a comic performance depending for effect largely on exaggerated gesture and physical action
  2. an actor in such a performance
verb
5.
to express (an idea) in actions or gestures without speech
6.
(of singers or musicians) to perform as if singing (a song) or playing (a piece of music) that is actually prerecorded
Derived Forms
mimer, noun
Word Origin
Old English mīma, from Latin mīmus mimic actor, from Greek mimos imitator

MIME

abbreviation
1.
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Word Origin and History for miming

mime

n.

c.1600, "a buffoon who practices gesticulations" [Johnson], from French mime (16c.) and directly from Latin mimus, from Greek mimos "imitator, mimic, actor, mime, buffoon," of unknown origin. In reference to a performance, 1640s in a classical context; 1932 as "a pantomime."

v.

1610s, "to act without words," from mime (n.). The transferred sense of "to imitate" is from 1733 (Greek mimeisthai meant "to imitate"). Meaning "to pretend to be singing a pre-recorded song" is from 1965. Related: mimed; miming.

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Related Abbreviations for miming

MIME

multipurpose Internet mail extensions
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