demeanor

noun
de·​mean·​or | \ di-ˈmē-nər \

Definition of demeanor

: behavior toward others : outward manner

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Synonyms for demeanor

Synonyms

actions, address, bearing, behavior, comportment, conduct, deportment, geste (also gest) [archaic]

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bearing, deportment, demeanor, mien, manner, carriage mean the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture. a woman of regal bearing deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training. your deportment was atrocious demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior. the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor. a mien of supreme self-satisfaction manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others. the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking. the kind of carriage learned at boarding school

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There's a long trail from Latin minari (which means "to threaten" and has been connected to the threatening cries of cattle drivers) to English demeanor. Along the way, we first encounter Latin minare; it means "to drive" and was once used specifically of driving animals for herding. From there, the path leads us to Anglo-French, where we pass by mener (to lead) and then demener (to conduct). Next comes Middle English demenen and then Modern English demean, both meaning "to conduct (oneself) in a certain manner." And, finally, we take one last step, and add the suffix -or to demean to get demeanor.

Examples of demeanor in a Sentence

Staffs like the one at Veritas have come a long way from the days when sommeliers … intimidated diners with their overbearing demeanor and French accents. Food & Wine, September 2002 Sam himself, a quiet young man with a rather shy demeanor, was somewhat bemused by all this attention. — Lola Oberman, Bird Watcher's Digest, November/December 1994 the director of the opera company has a haughty demeanor that can be irritating
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His demeanor, rightly, has taken a 180-degree turn south. Bill Pennington And Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "U.S. Open 2018: A First Round Full of Struggles," 15 June 2018 John conducted thousands of FAA Practical Tests for many flight schools in the central Florida area, and was known for his calm, professional demeanor. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 4/19," 19 Apr. 2018 At Woodland Park Zoo, keepers are looking for any subtle changes in the behavior of the zoo’s more than 1,100 animals, including in demeanor and appetite. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Until Seattle smoke subsides, play fetch with Fido inside, veterinarians say," 20 Aug. 2018 Stoltenberg has strived to maintain good relations with Trump, but his calm demeanor at a news conference at day’s end could not dispel the palpable tension caused by an American president who gives short shrift to longtime alliances. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump disrupts NATO summit with blasts at allies, especially Germany, and new defense spending demands," 11 July 2018 Graham, who has repeatedly called out President Donald Trump, both for his policies and his demeanor, has found that plenty of voters are on board with her effort to shatter the state's glass ceiling. Ali Vitali /, NBC News, "Gwen Graham, the only woman running for Florida gov, hopes to break the glass ceiling," 7 July 2018 Recruiters say older workers have soft skills-a friendly demeanor, punctuality —that their younger cohorts sometimes lack. Leslie Patton, The Seattle Times, "Senior citizens are replacing teenagers as fast-food workers," 13 Nov. 2018 She was placed there by herself because of her uncooperative and belligerent demeanor, the report states. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Family seeks answers after woman hanged self in police custody," 21 June 2018 His quiet demeanor, love for his family, and admiration for the Blessed Mary will be missed but forever cherished. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "John R. Cycenas," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of demeanor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demeanor

demean entry 1 — see demean entry 1

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demeanor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of demeanor

: a person's appearance and behavior : the way someone seems to be to other people

demeanor

noun
de·​mean·​or | \ di-ˈmē-nər \

Kids Definition of demeanor

: outward manner or behavior a gentle demeanor

demeanor

noun
de·​mea·​nor | \ di-ˈmē-nər \

Legal Definition of demeanor

: outward manner : way of conducting oneself

Note: A jury may consider a witness's demeanor on the stand in determining the witness's credibility.

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