- conduct; behavior; deportment.
- facial appearance; mien.
Origin of demeanor
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Examples from the Web for demeanour
The latter was cruelly polite and attentive in his demeanour.
And just from this came the subdued character of his demeanour!Weighed and Wanting
Nothing in their demeanour betrayed their thoughts or intentions.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
For a moment or so Pierre had been astonished by the demeanour of La Grivotte.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
There was a certain skill in his attitude and demeanour, as if he knew exactly what he was about.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- the way a person behaves towards others; conduct
- bearing, appearance, or mien
Word Origin and History for demeanour
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.