body English


: bodily motions made in a usually unconscious effort to influence the progress of a propelled object (such as a ball)
: 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 EnglishPeter Passell
: 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

Examples of body English in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pastrnak added some unorthodox body English to the shot. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 26 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of body English was in 1902

Dictionary Entries Near body English

Cite this Entry

“Body English.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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