Definition of dumbshow in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌmʃəʊ/


[mass noun]
1Gestures used to convey a meaning or message without speech; mime: they demonstrated in dumbshow how the tea should be made
More example sentences
  • When you go to church, it's a hollow, diluted dumbshow: when I go to church, every gesture aches with meaning and immanence.
  • You will never, never, see someone turn right around and walk the way they were going without some accompanying dumbshow that indicates that they're not odd, they've just forgotten something.
  • If there's one thing that's duller than an Academy Awards ceremony, it's the red-carpet dumbshow that precedes it.
1.1 [count noun] A piece of dramatic mime: there were gags, spoofs, and dumbshows
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  • He leads a little troupe of amateur actors from village to village, putting on an old-fashioned dumbshow - a type of humorous play with a stock plot.
  • A Modernist and postmodernist epic, in places it performs the play of sestina or sonnet in an absurd or unusual light; it recasts regular and irregular histories, offering speaking parts alongside dumbshow.
  • Now, one reason for not assigning names to the characters in our dumbshow above was to avoid any personal issues entering the discussion.
1.2 [count noun] (Especially in English drama of the 16th and 17th centuries) a part of a play acted in mime to summarize, supplement, or comment on the main action.
Example sentences
  • This second trio of children functions as a dumbshow for the verbalised ‘adult’ drama of the main story.

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