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 The New Orleans Pelicans’ star seemed at peace with his relaxed body language. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Pelicans' Zion Williamson: "I feel great mentally and physically" after difficult rookie season," 3 Dec. 2020 The eye contact, body language affirmation and repetitive act of physically sharing a space with like-minded people just aren’t as powerful through a screen, treatment providers acknowledge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Drug deaths were already climbing at the beginning of 2020. Then the pandemic hit," 28 Nov. 2020 The 8- and 9-year-olds also talked about how to pay attention to other people’s emotions through their body language. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Why it matters that 2,000 North Texas Girl Scouts have gotten serious about mental health," 10 Nov. 2020 During game 7 of the 2016 Finals, Lue famously motivated James by needling him about everything from his body language to a legacy that was hanging in the balance. Christian Clark | Staff Writer,, "Pelicans coaching candidates: Why Tyronn Lue is in such high demand across NBA," 1 Sep. 2020 Some instinct was telling me to adjust my speech, my body language, all in an effort to optimize the comfort of non-Black people around me. Justin Phillips,, "Being Black in the Bay Area means code-switching to keep white people comfortable," 26 Nov. 2020 Learn more about the candidates' body language below, via Politico. TheWeek, "Body language expert shares 'stress indicators' to watch for during the debate," 30 Sep. 2020 Nonverbal communication, such as body language or tone of voice, is a challenge for many students on the spectrum. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "Celebrating Neurodiversity in the Classroom," 9 Sep. 2020 For all the painting’s luminosity, the figures’ expressions are unreadable, their body language indecipherable. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Suffering, Unfaltering Manet," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of body language

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Body language.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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