from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of ancient Greek and Roman theatrical entertainment in which familiar characters and situations were farcically portrayed on stage, often with coarse dialogue and ludicrous actions.
  • n. A performance of or dialogue for such an entertainment.
  • n. A performer in a mime.
  • n. A modern performer who specializes in comic mimicry.
  • n. The art of portraying characters and acting out situations or a narrative by gestures and body movement without the use of words; pantomime.
  • n. A performance of pantomime.
  • n. An actor or actress skilled in pantomime.
  • transitive v. To ridicule by imitation; mimic.
  • transitive v. To act out with gestures and body movement.
  • intransitive v. To act as a mimic.
  • intransitive v. To portray characters and situations by gesture and body movement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of acting without words; pantomime
  • n. A pantomime actor
  • n. A classical theatrical entertainment in the form of farce
  • n. A performer of such a farce
  • n. A person who mimics others in a comical manner
  • v. To mimic.
  • v. To act without words.
  • v. To represent an action or object through gesture, without the use sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of drama in which real persons and events were generally represented in a ridiculous manner; an ancient Greek or Roman form of farce.
  • n. An actor in such representations.
  • n. The art of representing actions, events, situations, or stories solely by gestures and body movements, without speaking; pantomime{3}.
  • n. An actor who performs or specializes in mime{3}; an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression; a pantomime{2}; a pantomimist; a mimer.
  • n. A mimic.
  • intransitive v. To mimic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mimic, or play the buffoon; act in a mime.
  • n. An imitator; one skilled in mimicry; a mimic; specifically, a mimic actor; a performer in the ancient farces or burlesques called mimes.
  • n. A dramatic entertainment among the ancient Greeks of Sicily and southern Italy and the Romans, consisting generally of farcical mimicry of real events and persons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only
  • n. a performance using gestures and body movements without words
  • v. imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect
  • n. an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin mīmus, from Greek mīmos.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Via Latin mimus, from Ancient Greek μῖμος (mimos, "imitator, actor").



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  • JM knows a mime who is determined to remain silent, to say the least.

    June 19, 2011

  • "To mime the wind, one becomes a tempest. To mime a fish, you throw yourself into the sea."

    - Marcel Marceau

    September 23, 2007