• (now rare) A Classical comic actor, especially one who works mainly through gesture and mime. [from 17th c.]
  • Gesturing without speaking; dumb-show, mime. [from 18th c.]
  • (Britain) A traditional theatrical entertainment, originally based on the commedia dell'arte, but later aimed mostly at children and involving physical comedy, topical jokes, and fairy-tale plots. [from 18th c.]
  • (historical) The drama in ancient Greece and Rome featuring such performers; or (later) any of various kinds of performance modelled on such work. [from 17th c.]


  • (transitive) To entertain others by silent gestures or actions.
  • (transitive) To make (a gesture) without speaking.

    "I pantomimed steering a car; he understood, and tossed the keys to me."

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