body language


Definition of body language 

: the gestures, movements, and mannerisms by which a person or animal communicates with others

Examples of body language in a Sentence

We could tell from his body language that he was nervous.

Recent Examples on the Web

Knowledge for Oliveira himself has come in the form of years spent dutifully observing the body language and conversations between stylists, publicists, buyers, and editors. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How Photographer Lee Oliveira Went From Snapping Influencers at Fashion Week to Coaching Them," 1 Aug. 2018 Another reason is that Jared Goff paid close attention to the body language and mechanical nuances that are important for baiting a defense on screens. Andy Benoit,, "The NFL’s Most Dynamic Team? 10 Thoughts on the 2018 Rams," 18 June 2018 The body language between the two leaders was more somber than in previous meetings, when Messrs. Trump and Macron engaged in backslapping and air kisses. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Trump, Macron Seek to Ease Tensions Over Security," 10 Nov. 2018 Arie's body language isn't all doom and gloom for this relationship. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "A Body Language Expert Weighs in on Whether 'Bachelor' Arie and Becca's Love Looked Real," 6 Mar. 2018 When Bryce Brown's body language wasn't to Pearl's liking, the coach would halt the practice and the team would have to run, which wasn't uncommon when Bryce was a freshman in 2015-16 and still happened earlier this season. James Crepea,, "Father's health scare shaped Bryce Brown years before he became Auburn basketball's leading scorer," 21 Feb. 2018 And yet what women wear and their body language also send signals about their sexuality. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Mark Judge, the other man named in Christine Ford’s Brett Kavanaugh allegations, explained," 17 Sep. 2018 My daughter’s body language was stressed, scared — her arms wrapped tightly around herself. Kathryn Crawford Saxer, The Seattle Times, "Don’t let fear stop your career transition," 31 Aug. 2018 His body language didn’t convey relief, exuberance, or even satisfaction. Ben Golliver,, "Kevin Durant's Déjà Vu Dagger Caps the Best Game of His Life," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of body language

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of body language was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of body language

: movements or positions of the body that express a person's thoughts or feelings

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