body English

noun
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of body English

1 : bodily motions made in a usually unconscious effort to influence the progress of a propelled object (such as a ball)
2 : the bodily movements a rider makes to supplement basic steering of a vehicle
  • … learning to control the howling machine with a combination of throttle and body English
  • —Peter Passell
3 : body language
  • I was beginning to learn his body English. His hand tightened on mine and he indicated that he wanted to leave.
  • —Harper Lee

First Known Use of body english

1902


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up body English? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!