from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A performance of or dialogue for such an entertainment.
  • noun A performer in a mime.
  • noun A modern performer who specializes in comic mimicry.
  • noun The art of portraying characters and acting out situations or a narrative by gestures and body movement without the use of words; pantomime.
  • noun A performance of pantomime.
  • noun An actor or actress skilled in pantomime.
  • intransitive verb To ridicule by imitation; mimic.
  • intransitive verb To act out with gestures and body movement.
  • intransitive verb To act as a mimic.
  • intransitive verb To portray characters and situations by gesture and body movement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To mimic, or play the buffoon; act in a mime.
  • noun An imitator; one skilled in mimicry; a mimic; specifically, a mimic actor; a performer in the ancient farces or burlesques called mimes.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To mimic.
  • noun 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.
  • noun An actor in such representations.
  • noun The art of representing actions, events, situations, or stories solely by gestures and body movements, without speaking; pantomime{3}.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A mimic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only
  • noun a performance using gestures and body movements without words
  • verb imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect
  • noun 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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    - Marcel Marceau

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