Pantomime vs Mime - What's the difference?

pantomime | mime |

As nouns the difference between pantomime and mime

is that pantomime is while mime is a form of acting without words; pantomime.

As verbs the difference between pantomime and mime

is that pantomime is to gesture without speaking while mime is to mimic.



(en noun)
  • * Tylor
  • [He] saw a pantomime perform so well that he could follow the performance from the action alone.
  • (historical) The drama in ancient Greece and Rome featuring such performers; or (later) any of various kinds of performance modelled on such work.
  • (UK) 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.
  • Gesturing without speaking; dumb-show, mime.
  • * 1851 ,
  • A staid, steadfast man, whose life for the most part was a telling pantomime of action, and not a tame chapter of sounds.
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 26:
  • In pantomime , Chief Joyi would fling his spear and creep along the veld as he narrated the victories and defeats.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=October 20 , author=Michael da Silva , title=Stoke 3 - 0 Macc Tel-Aviv , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=With the Stoke supporters jeering Ziv's every subsequent touch, the pantomime atmosphere created by the home crowd reached a crescendo when Ziv was shown a straight red shortly after the break in extraordinary circumstances.}}

    Derived terms

    * panto

    See also

    * sign language

    See also

    * dumb show


  • To gesture without speaking.
  • To entertain others by silent gestures or actions.
  • mime


    (wikipedia mime)


    (en noun)
  • A form of acting without words; pantomime
  • A pantomime actor
  • A classical theatrical entertainment in the form of farce
  • A performer of such a farce
  • A person who mimics others in a comical manner
  • Verb

  • To mimic.
  • To act without words.
  • To represent an action or object through gesture, without the use of sound.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    See also

    * lip-synch ----