“Grimaldi was pantomime,” writes Andrew McConnell Scott in his biography, The pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi.
So I watched him pantomime skating, and I thought well if he can do it, I can do it.
A pantomime horse plays a role, as does a sardonic hand puppet.
This pantomime revealed to Dubourg Sister Anne's unhappy condition, and he devoted all his efforts to consoling her.
I thanked him as best I could in pantomime and approached the walls.
White dust lies thick on each swarthy skin; their faces are like faces in a pantomime.
He was the dwarf policeman in Holland's pantomime in the winter-time!
During this interruption, a very pretty piece of pantomime had been executed between the eyes of Fazil and the Lalla.
I made the pantomime of presenting a pistol, and then of a man falling.
It is emphatically a pantomime for children to see and to enjoy.
1610s, "mime actor," from Latin pantomimus "mime, dancer," from Greek pantomimos "actor," literally "imitator of all," from panto- (genitive of pan) "all" (see pan-) + mimos "imitator" (see mime (n.)).
Meaning "drama or play without words" first recorded 1735. The English dramatic performances so called, usually at Christmas and with words and songs and stock characters, are attested by this name from 1739; said to have originated c.1717. Related: Pantomimic; pantomimical.
1768, from pantomime (n.). Related: Pantomimed; pantomiming.