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

Zuri and her dad communicate through expressions and body language. Charles Solomon, New York Times, "‘Hair Love’: 3 Men and a Little Girl (With a Lot of Curls)," 29 Aug. 2019 He’s teaching them about professional burnout, conflict resolution and body language. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando Health doctor launches company to help hospital improve patient experience," 28 June 2019 Remember to pay attention not only to your verbal messaging but also to your nonverbal cues and body language. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, oregonlive, "How do I expand my network?," 15 Mar. 2019 Finally, be aware of the tone of your voice and your body language. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The constructive feedback solution," 25 Aug. 2019 So was her body language, including when Halep looked up at her coach, yelled and extended an arm in the first set's final game. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "After slow start, Simona Halep beats Elina Svitolina in Wimbledon semis," 11 July 2019 So was her body language, including when Halep looked up at her coach, yelled and extended an arm in the first set’s final game. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final," 11 July 2019 Executives are forbidden from sharing nonpublic information at closed meetings, but investors focus on their body language and parse their words in the hopes of picking up a useful nugget or two. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Giant Investors Are Coming After One of Wall Street’s Cash Cows," 26 June 2019 Each day is broken up into the elements: On day one, the kids learned about training basics, bite prevention, body language, how to respond to stray dogs and leash training. Katie Standlee,, "Dogwalker camp in Norman offers fun, advice to children," 11 July 2019

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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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