Mime Signs Video Dictionary – P

Pack
Handshape: Flattened O Hands
Memory Aide: action of packing a bag
Example of sentence usage: He packed his clothes in the suitcase.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: load, stow

Paint (brush)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: movement of brush bristles as you paint
Example of sentence usage: I am painting the room a different color.
Consider using this sign for: applying lacquer/varnish with a bristle brush
Panties
Handshape: F Hands
Memory Aide: action of pulling up panties
Example of sentence usage: After showering, she put on her panties.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: underpants
Pantyhose
Handshape: F hands
Memory Aide: action of pulling up pantyhose
Example of sentence usage: She felt that her legs looked more shapely with pantyhose.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: hose, nylons, stockings
Pare (peel)
Handshape: 10 Hand (dominant) and Index Finger Hand (nondominant)
Memory Aide: peeling a carrot
Example of sentence usage: She pared the carrots and cucumbers.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: scrape, shave
Pass
Handshape: C Hand
Memory Aide: action of throwing a football
Example of sentence usage: Pass the ball to me.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: throw, toss
Pass out (deal, distribute)
Handshape: Modified X Hands
Memory Aide: dealing in a card game
Example of sentence usage: The teacher asked the student to pass out the papers.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: dish out, dole out, give out, hand out
Pat
Handshape: Open Hand
Memory Aide: pat yourself on the back
Example of sentence usage: He gave her a pat and said that he was proud of her.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: tap
Pedal (bike, ride a bicycle)
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: pedals of a bike moving
Example of sentence usage: She pedaled down the street.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: cycle, wheel around
Peek
Handshape: F hand
Memory Aide: looking through a peephole
Example of sentence usage: I peeked through the door and I can’t believe what I saw!
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: peephole
Peel (pare)
Handshape: 10 Hand (dominant) and Index Finger Hand (nondominant)
Memory Aide: peeling a carrot
Example of sentence usage: He peeled the carrots and cucumbers.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: scrape, shave
Penguin
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: how a penguin moves
Example of sentence usage: Penguins spend half their time in sea water.
Perfume (cologne)
Handshape: Index Finger Hand
Memory Aide: spraying on perfume
Example of sentence usage: Her perfume smells nice.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: eau de cologne, eau de toilette, fragrance, spray on cologne
Note: adapt the sign to use it for spraying on aftershave
Phone (call, telephone)
Handshape: Y hand
Memory Aide: holding a telephone to your ear
Example of sentence usage: She will phone you when she has time.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: phone call, ring/give a ring
Piano (organ)
Handshape: Curved 5 Hands
Memory Aide: fingers pressing the keys on an organ
Example of sentence usage: There are three types of pianos: grand, upright, and digital.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: musical keyboard
Picket (protest)
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: holding a pole for picketing
Example of sentence usage: They picketed the town hall for social justice.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: demonstrate, strike
Pin (pushpin, tack, thumbtack)
Handshape: F Hand
Memory Aide: pushing a pin into a bulletin board
Example of sentence usage: He pinned the photo to the board.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: fasten
Pinch
Handshape: Modified X Hand
Memory Aide: pinching the back of your hand
Example of sentence usage: It was a soft pinch and did not hurt.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: squeeze
Ping Pong
Handshape: A Hand
Memory Aide: the swinging of the paddle when playing ping pong
Example of sentence usage: Ping pong games are played to 11 points.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: table tennis, whiff-whaff
Pistol (gun, handgun)
Handshape: L Hand
Memory Aide: shooting a pistol
Example of sentence usage: The policeman put the pistol in his holster.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: firearm, piece, revolver, rod, weapon
Pitch (cast, dump, toss, throw, throw away)
Handshape: S Hand changes to the 5 Hand
Memory Aide: casting away an object
Example of sentence usage: She pitched some paper into the wastebasket.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: discard, fling, hurl, launch
Pitch (throw)
Handshape: Curved 3 Hand
Memory Aide: action of throwing a baseball
Example of sentence usage: She pitched in the softball game
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: hurl
Pledge (inaugural, inauguration, oath)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: a hand raised and one on the bible
Example of sentence usage: She pledged loyalty to the club.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: swear, vow
Poncho (hood)
Handshape: Modified X Hands
Memory Aide: lifting a hood and covering your head
Example of sentence usage: When the rain started to fall, he put on his poncho.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: hoodie
Pool (billiards)
Handshape: F Hand (nondominant) and A Hand (dominant)
Memory Aide: playing billiards/pool
Example of sentence usage: They like pool and make bets who will win.
Pound
Handshape: S Hand (dominant) and Open Hand (nondominant)
Memory Aide: fist pounding something
Example of sentence usage: She pounded the surface until she got their attention.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: clobber
Pour (fill)
Handshape: A Hand (dominant) and C Hand (nondominant)
Memory Aide: pouring something into a container
Example of sentence usage: She poured lemonade into a glass.
Powder (season, seasoning)
Handshape: C Hand
Memory Aide: sprinkling on a powder
Example of sentence usage: She powdered the cake with sugar.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: dust, sprinkle
Pray (ask, prayer, request)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: praying hands
Example of sentence usage: They pray before eating their dinner.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: beseech, petition
Prayer (ask, pray, request)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: praying hands
Example of sentence usage: They said a prayer before the meal.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: grace, invocation, petition
Protest (picket)
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: holding a pole for picketing
Example of sentence usage: At the town hall, they protested for equal pay.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: demonstrate/demonstration
Punch (hit)
Handshape: S Hand
Memory Aide: throwing a punch
Example of sentence usage: She was so mad she wanted to punch him.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: jab, strike
Puppet (marionette)
Handshape: F Hands
Memory Aide: holding the strings of a puppet and making it dance
Example of sentence usage: When she put her hand into the puppet, it became alive!
Purse (handbag, luggage, suitcase)
Handshape: S Hand
Memory Aide: holding a purse close to your body
Example of sentence usage: She searched through her purse for her wallet.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: pocketbook
Push (nudge)
Handshape: Open Hand
Memory Aide: giving someone a gentle one-handed push
Example of sentence usage: He needs a push in the right direction.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: prod
Push
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: shoving something or someone
Example of sentence usage: She pushed him aside, angrily.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: shove
Pushpin (pin, tack, thumbtack)
Handshape: F Hand
Memory Aide: putting a pushpin into a bulletin board
Example of sentence usage: She put the paper on the board with a pushpin.
Put Aside (aside, put away)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: pushing away something to the side
Example of sentence usage: I put aside my sewing and will do it later.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: push/put out of the way
Put Away (aside, put aside)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: pushing away something to the side
Example of sentence usage: I put away my work for now.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: push/put out of the way
Putt
Handshape: A Hands
Memory Aide: holding a putter and putting
Example of sentence usage: This putt was for par.