Definition of demeanor
: behavior toward others : outward manner
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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
Recent Examples of demeanor from the Web
The name Connie Simpson doesn’t ring any instant bells — yet — but the woman who bears it is a lot more high-profile than her demeanor would let on.
Jon Watts, whose low-budget indie Cop Car is well worth seeking out, is an extremely lively director, and perfectly matches Peter Parker's witty, oftentimes self-deprecating demeanor.
Once, Chow and Collins teased Young about his surly demeanor.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is known for his stoic demeanor at literally all times.
Heat on climate Perry generally exhibited a relaxed, if not bemused, demeanor throughout the questioning.
Still, the Countryman’s demure demeanor differs from other Mini models.
His quiet, workmanlike demeanor has earned respect.
In contrast to Refaeli, whose aloof demeanor, refusal to perform her compulsory military service and a tax-dodging scandal have alienated many Israelis, Gadot has been widely embraced.
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Did You Know?
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.
Synonym Discussion of demeanor
DEMEANOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of demeanor for English Language Learners
: a person's appearance and behavior : the way someone seems to be to other people
DEMEANOR Defined for Kids
Definition of demeanor for Students
: outward manner or behavior a gentle demeanor
Legal Definition of demeanor
: outward manner : way of conducting oneself
Additional Notes on demeanor
A jury may consider a witness's demeanor on the stand in determining the witness's credibility.
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