- demeanour (British spelling)
From Middle English demenure, from the verb Middle English demenen, demeinen (“to handle, manage”), from Old French demener (“to guide, conduct”), from de- + mener (“to conduct, lead”), from Latin *mināre (“to drive”) and minor (“to project or jut forth”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪˈmiːnə(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /dɪˈminɚ/
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- Rhymes: -iːnə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: de‧mea‧nor
- (American spelling) The social, non-verbal behaviours (such as body language and facial expressions) that are characteristic of a person.
- The man's demeanor made others suspicious of his intentions.
- A confident demeanor is crucial for persuading others.
- a. 1587, Raphael Holinshed, quoting Strabo, Historie of England, Book III:
- At this present (saith he) certeine princes of Britaine, procuring by ambassadors and dutifull demeanors the amitie of the emperour Augustus, haue offered in the capitoll vnto the gods presents or gifts, and haue ordeined the whole Ile in a manner to be appertinent, proper, and familiar to the Romans.
- “demeanor”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “demeanor”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.