mummer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mummer an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mummer One who mumms, or makes diversion in disguise; a masker; a buffon. "Jugglers and dancers, antics, mummers ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mummer One who mums, or masks himself and makes diversion in disguise; a masker; a masked buffoon; specifically, in England, one of a company of persons who go from house to house at Christmas performing a kind of play, the subject being generally St. George and the Dragon, with sundry whimsical adjuncts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Mummer one who makes sport in disguise: a masker: a buffoon
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. mommeur,. See Mumm, and cf. Momier
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. momer—Old Dut. mommen, to mask, mom, a mask, prob. originating in the word mum, used to frighten children while covering the face.

Usage

In literature:

Natacha was still singing when Petia dashed noisily into the room to announce, in triumphant tones, that a party of mummers had come.
"In the Yule-Log Glow, Book I" by Various
And the other two would take it up and wink back solemn as mummers.
"Wandering Heath" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
So, the front door being very gently opened and closed, the nursery mummers stole away.
"In the Yule-Log Glow, Book II" by Various
Moira and I were the only ones who were real, the only actors that were something more than mummers.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
During the evening the proceedings were varied by visits from Christmas singers and the mummers, all of whom were well entertained.
"A Righte Merrie Christmasse" by John Ashton
Plug up th' leakin' kettle an' buy Mummer th' rhinestone combs!
"Jane Journeys On" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
So the front door being very gently opened and closed, the nursery mummers stole away.
"The Peace Egg and Other tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
I noticed among the throng a little group of mummers, such as had been at Dr. Saugrain's the night before in hideous masks.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
If times were hard and engagements few, that was the price the mummer must pay.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Between Christmas and Twelfth Day mummers are in season.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
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In poetry:

For your wages, take my body,
That at least to you I leave;
Set the sulky plumes upon it,
Bid the grinning mummers grieve.
"The Desecraters" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
There are mummers yet on Cotswold,
Though Will Squele he lies low,
And men sow wheat on headlands
That other men see grow.
"Generations (There are mummers yet on Cotswold)" by Ivor Gurney
No! though 'twas night of summer
With a scent of new mown hay
From where the moon, the fairies' mummer,
On distant fields enchanted lay!
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
My world is pyramid. The padded mummer
Weeps on the desert ochre and the salt
Incising summer.
My Egypt's armour buckling in its sheet,
I scrape through resin to a starry bone
And a blood parhelion.
"My World Is Pyramid" by Dylan Thomas
. A tale that the poet Rückert told
To German children, in days of old;
Disguised in a random, rollicking rhyme
Like a merry mummer of ancient time,
And sent, in its English dress, to please
The little folk of the Christmas trees.
"The Foolish Fir-Tree" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Love came right after my mummers brigade, the Vaudevillains, paraded to a rather different tune-- Mummers in the Post Apocalyptic Nuclear Winter.
Love Strutters during the 2009 Mummers Parade, somehow saving the world from "illegal immigrants" via cheesesteaks.
The Space 1026 -associated Vaudevillains comic troupe made its Mummers Parade debut in 2008, and the group's chaotic but ultimately triumphant inception was chronicled by Ryan Creed in a Dec '07 CP cover story.
Johansen's Mummer's Theater in Oklahoma City.
Good weather, good pacing : What a Mummers.
HULMEVILLE Documentary explores the men behind the Mummers.
The Duffy String Band will perform at the Cape May Convention Hall on Saturday, September 1st at 7:30 pm Performance highlights will include lively music, the famous "Mummers Strut,".
And of course, the beautiful costumes and props that have made the Mummers a beloved Philly tradition.
Summer Mummers had an unwelcome guest last friday night that really stunk up the place.
Four- alarm fire strikes Mummers warehouse in South Philadelphia.
Mummers in drag hysterical, not historical.
IT WAS A FUN read, last week's revelation that this year's Mummers Parade would include DRAG QUEENS.
Call it a Mummers miracle - three weeks early.
Everybody loves the Mummers, but probably not as much as Joyce Walton.
The ruffled mummer as she relinquishes.
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