- conduct; behavior; deportment.
- facial appearance; mien.
Origin of demeanor
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Examples from the Web for demeanor
His demeanor, in fact, strangely mimics that of his aircraft: robotic.Bad to the Drone: Amateur Flyer Appears at Harlem Wreckage
March 13, 2014
Demeanor: If your dog is really submissive, do you really want a bully?Sunny’s Debut, Bo’s Bubble, and the Undogly Life of a Presidential Pet
Dr. Patty Khuly
August 21, 2013
As you'd predict, the Buzzfeed list of ways to anger Canadians is appropriately reflective of the Canadian demeanor.Every Single Way to Piss Off a Canadian
March 7, 2013
Roseanne Barr had an answer for outsized emphasis on beauty and demeanor.What Women Comedians Want: Yael Kohen’s ‘We Killed’
October 14, 2012
Commenting on his vanilla—some might even say “hokey”—demeanor, my wife said he reminded her of the father on Leave It to Beaver.Face It, Republicans, ‘Bazooka Joe’ Biden Won the VP Debate
October 12, 2012
But to his relief he observed no change in the demeanor of his fellow-townsmen.Brave and Bold
"I know it from your face, your demeanor all the time, whatever you're doing," he said.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
His manners and demeanor were extremely modest and unobtrusive.
Of course her words must have been appropriate, even as her demeanor was that of a mourning relative.Fruitfulness
The second shock was Serena's appearance and the calm graciousness of her demeanor.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
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.