mimemime1 /maɪm/ noun 🔊 🔊 [countable, uncountable]AP the use of movements to express what you want to say without using words, or a play where the actors use only movements 🔊 The children learn through role-play, dance and mime. 🔊 They will perform a short mime later. 🔊 a professional mime artist
mimemime2 verb [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 1APTto describe or express something, using movements not words 🔊 Stan put a finger to his mouth, miming ‘shush’.mime doing something 🔊 Soundlessly, she mimed picking up a phone and speaking into it.2to pretend to play or sing a piece of music, without making any soundmime to 🔊 Singers on television often mime to pre-recorded tapes.→ See Verb table
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mime• They mimed a tug of war.• Phagu mimed back that we had no choice.• Everywhere he went running, running, running; and on the spot he mimed it.• Soundlessly she mimedpicking up a phone and speaking into it.• Langford is pointing at him, his face in profilemiming shock-horror: a lost joke.• I mimed that this was not necessary but he insisted.• Every derangement of the page-space deftly mimes the current derangement of the house-space in the narrative.• Chutra and Koju mimed their technique.