demeanor

[dih-mee-ner]
noun
1.
conduct; behavior; deportment.
2.
facial appearance; mien.
Also, especially British, demeanour.


Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English demenure. See demean2, -or1


manner, comportment, bearing.
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demeanour or (US) demeanor (dɪˈmiːnə)
 
n
1.  the way a person behaves towards others; conduct
2.  bearing, appearance, or mien
 
[C15: see demean²]
 
demeanor or (US) demeanor
 
n
 
[C15: see demean²]

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demeanor
late 15c., from obsolete M.E. demean "behave in a certain way" (early 14c.), from O.Fr. demener, from de- "completely" + mener "to lead, direct," from L. minare "to threaten," in L.L. "to drive (a herd of animals)." Sense in English evolved from notion of "conduct, manage" (oneself).
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Example sentences
He has a gentle, watchful demeanor.
What is the one thing you would notice about his demeanor? Fearlessness.
This verb demean developed from the noun demeanor, meaning deportment, behavior.
When he finally spoke, his demeanor and tone were deadpan.
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