dumb show EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a part of a dramatic representation given in pantomime, common in early English drama. gestures without speech.
Origin of dumb show First recorded in 1555–65 Related formsdumb-show, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for dumb show Historical Examples of dumb show
The play is in dumb-show, and no character is permitted to speak on the stage.
The noise and rumor of the crowded pavements were to me but dumb-show.
Kostran will deliver his speech in dumb-show, and we’ll dub the sound in and telecast them as one.
H. Beam Piper
This dumb-show could not fail to attract the observation of Content.
James Fenimore Cooper
It is as much as to say: ‘Here you have all dumb-show talking.’
British Dictionary definitions for dumb show dumb show noun a part of a play acted in pantomime, popular in early English drama meaningful gestures; mime Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012