A mime is a performer who uses exaggerated facial expressions and body movements — instead of words — to communicate with his audience.

You may have seen a mime pretending she's trapped in an invisible box, using gestures to make it appear that she is pushing against walls and a ceiling. Many mimes also wear clown-like makeup, wear simple clothing, and refuse to speak. You can use the word mime as a verb as well, to describe what you do when you imitate your least favorite teacher for the amusement of your friends. The Greek root word is mimos, "imitator, actor, or buffoon."

Definitions of mime

n an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression

mimer, mummer, pantomimer, pantomimist
Marcel Marceau
French mime famous for his sad-faced clown (born in 1923)
Type of:
actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian
a theatrical performer

n a performance using gestures and body movements without words

dumb show, pantomime
an abbreviation of pantomime
Type of:
acting, performing, playacting, playing
the performance of a part or role in a drama

v imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect

Type of:
copy, imitate, simulate
reproduce someone's behavior or looks

v act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only

“The acting students mimed eating an apple”
Type of:
act, play, playact, roleplay
perform on a stage or theater

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