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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 demeanour
  • Their jurisdiction was hazy, but their demeanour unmistakable.
  • Shy and shifty, his awkward demeanour was at odds with his way with scissors.
  • There is something curious about his demeanour right now.
  • His somewhat plastic features suit his bland demeanour.
  • He wished not his view but truth to prevail-which explains the winsome cordiality of his demeanour towards other savants.
  • Merits and failings are skilfully presented, habits of thought as well as of demeanour.
  • And, in so intense a moment, his demeanour would have still been calm.
  • One is elegant and modest in her appearance and demeanour.
British Dictionary definitions for demeanour


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 demeanour

chiefly British English spelling of demeanor; for suffix, see -or.



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.

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