dumb-show definition

  • noun:
    • Alternative spelling of dumb show.
    • part of a dramatic representation shown pantomimically, chiefly for the sake of displaying a lot more of the story than could possibly be otherwise included, but often just emblematical. Dumb-shows were quite typical in the last English dramas.
    • motion without words; pantomime: since, to inform a story in dumb-show.

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