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 At times, the body language — especially during a 15-point loss at New Orleans on Halloween — looked even worse. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "How Nikola Jokic got his groove, and the Nuggets’ mojo, back on track," 10 Nov. 2019 Temime then tailored the clothes to accommodate Zellweger's body language. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "Building Judy Garland: How Renée Zellweger Was Transformed Into the Legend," 26 Sep. 2019 After that happens, each actress adroitly channels the body language, mannerisms, and vocal intonations of the character into whom they’ve been transformed. Don Aucoin,, "An enjoyable tale of transformation in North Shore Music Theatre’s ‘Freaky Friday’," 15 July 2019 Jibo, a precursor to Amazon's Alexa, has the body language of the Pixar lamp; it's meant to tell jokes keep you company throughout the day. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Second Coming of the Robot Pet," 1 July 2019 Interview setting People with autism often have sensory processing issues as well as difficulties understanding body language, facial expressions, vocal tone and social norms. Katherine Breward, Quartz, "Employers should conduct job interviews to accommodate candidates with autism," 10 Sep. 2019 Horses are acutely sensitive to human energy and body language, making them the perfect partner in real-time exercises involving trust and cooperation. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "What executives can learn from a horse," 29 Aug. 2019 Topics covered will include how to make small talk, how to use body language effectively, and the best practices for communicating digitally. Max Jungreis,, "Business agenda," 3 Sep. 2019 The short version is that body language can indicate discomfort. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Steve Keim was right about trading Josh Rosen to Miami Dolphins," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of body language

1885, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2019

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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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