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 For now, the only clues to be had regarded his body language. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 For Teague, that meant changing his voice and speech patterns, while also developing a body language that mimicked a chimpanzee's natural posture: shoulders slightly hunched, body leaning to one side. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for body language 

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of body language was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Body language.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

body language

: movements (as with the hands) or posture used as a means of expression

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