mummer

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mummer

Pronunciation /ˈmʌmə/
noun
1 An actor in a traditional masked mime or a mummers’ play.
1.1 archaic, derogatory An actor in the theatre.

Origin
Late Middle English from Old French momeur, from momer ‘act in a mime’; perhaps of Germanic origin.

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Mime, My, My

Hank Hornsby was a new mummer
His first time on stage was this summer.
And he turned out to be a real hummer
Because he couldn’t have been more silent.

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