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

Who would have thought that even finger placement determines your body language? Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The Reason Prince William and Kate Middleton Have Been So Affectionate Lately," 12 Oct. 2018 But one thing nobody could drag their eyes from was Cooper and Shayk, and how their body language read on Oscar night. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk's Oscars Body Language Looked to an Expert," 25 Feb. 2019 While verbalizing enjoyment and consent is imperative, paying attention to a partner’s body language is key, too. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 15 People With Vaginas How to Make Oral Sex Even Better," 11 Mar. 2019 And according to a body language expert, there's a lot that can be learned from the photos. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "A Body Language Expert Analyzes Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher With Their New Baby Boy," 27 Jan. 2019 Markle also appeared to be checking Middleton's face for pointers on what to do and how to act, body language expert Judy James revealed to Daily Mail. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "There Is "No Rivalry" Between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle (Obviously)," 19 July 2018 Our interpretation of Kim’s facial expression and body language? Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Fat joke? Make us look 'nice and thin,' Trump tells photographers as Kim looks on," 12 June 2018 However, the analysts’ interpretation of the pair’s body language varies significantly. Jaclyn Reiss,, "Here’s what body language experts are saying about the Trump-Kim meeting," 12 June 2018 Mary Civiello, an executive communications coach with 15 years of experience studying body language, agreed. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Pursed lips and glances to the floor: Watch Trump aides react to his attacks on Germany," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of body language

1885, in the meaning defined above

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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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