body language

noun

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 Eells said officers have a list of considerations in weighing whether to use force, including the person's tone of voice, body language, whether the weapon is being pointed and the distance to the person. Emma Tucker And Peter Nickeas, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021 Defender Aaron Herrera’s body language during the postgame press conference said it all. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Oct. 2020 This earns Tom a pat on the back from Logan, foreshadowing their body language in the finale. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 As the actress worked with her acting coach in preparation for the role, Aspiras and Tanno observed how Gaga would emote and use her body language. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 Afterwards, Kelly Clarkson praised their storytelling and body language. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 18 Oct. 2021 In addition to his hair, many critiqued his body language — for example, keeping his hands in his pockets or ignoring questions from the press. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 In addition to his hair, many critiqued his body language - for example, keeping his hands in his pockets or ignoring questions from the press. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 During the 2012 and 2016 Games, Lynn and Raisman’s father, Rick, became Internet sensations for their lively body language in the stands. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 29 July 2021

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First Known Use of body language

1885, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2022

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“Body language.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/body%20language. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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body language

noun

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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