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[dih-mee-ner] /dɪˈmi nər/
conduct; behavior; deportment.
facial appearance; mien.
Origin of demeanor
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English demenure. See demean2, -or1
manner, comportment, bearing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for demeanor
  • 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.
  • The shark was very recognizable just by his size, shape, and demeanor.
  • Therefore, they adopt a serious demeanor which makes them unapproachable.
  • Even as he concedes this, however, one can sense the continuing irritation lurking beneath his genial demeanor.
  • Hapless Max maintains a happy-go-lucky demeanor in any situation, a shining example of patience and perseverance.
  • It also offers street-smart advice on effective demeanor, a cooperative style and the bargaining process.
  • Your demeanor matters more than your "objective" looks.
British Dictionary definitions for demeanor


the way a person behaves towards others; conduct
bearing, appearance, or mien
Word Origin
C15: see demean²
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Word Origin and History for demeanor

late 15c., from obsolete Middle English demean "handle, manage, conduct," later "behave in a certain way" (early 14c.), from Old French demener (11c.) "to guide, conduct; to live, dwell," from de- "completely" (see de-) + mener "to lead, direct," from Latin minare "to threaten," in Late Latin "to drive (a herd of animals);" see menace. Sense in English evolved from notion of "conduct, manage" (oneself). Spelling changed by influence of nouns in -or, -our.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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