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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Word Origin & History

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).

demeanour
British spelling of demeanor (q.v.); for suffix, see -or.
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Example sentences
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.
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