Definition of demeanor in English:


(British demeanour)


  • Outward behavior or bearing.

    ‘a quiet, somber demeanor’
    • ‘He gave coherent answers to questions and his demeanour appeared to be normal.’
    • ‘He said his demeanour and attitude during questioning was not that of a man who had something to hide.’
    • ‘Despite the new grown-up demeanour, some aspects of the girl still spill over.’
    • ‘Isabella studied his quiet demeanor and honest profile for a few moments in silence.’
    • ‘His demeanour as a speaker at the luncheon had to some extent prepared me.’
    • ‘His demeanor suddenly changed from gentle, indulgent parent, to barking hellion.’
    • ‘His demeanor and commitment to being a protector make him appear distant and serious.’
    • ‘Her demeanor changed from happy and excited to down and depressed within a second.’
    • ‘My previously sunny and happy demeanour changed to one of abject horror.’
    • ‘Your attitude and demeanor can betray how you feel as clearly as inattentive service.’
    • ‘My happy demeanor quickly vanished, as soon as it had come, replaced by cold dread.’
    • ‘Lara, thanks to her confident demeanour was one of the easy favourites throughout the evening.’
    • ‘Anger and resentment had elbowed aside his normally amiable demeanour.’
    • ‘Both men are renowned for their friendly demeanour and reassuring manner.’
    • ‘If he was living the high life, his appearance and demeanour gave no hint of it.’
    • ‘I was embarrassed and wondered if there was something in my appearance or demeanor that had amused her.’
    • ‘His gentle demeanour hid his fighting spirit which made him a born leader.’
    • ‘His non-smiling demeanour is all about the importance of being earnest.’
    • ‘His attitude and demeanor were so like a guy that she had known in high school.’
    • ‘It has been evident in your manner and demeanour that you do not wish to talk to me and so I have not approached you until now.’
    manner, air, attitude, appearance, look, aspect, mien, cast
    bearing, carriage, way of carrying oneself
    behaviour, conduct, way of behaving, comportment
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Late 15th century: from demean, probably influenced by obsolete havour behavior.