[ki-nee-siks, -ziks, kahy-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc., as a means of communication.

Origin of kinesics

1950–55; < Greek kī́nēs(is) (see kinesis) + -ics
Related formski·ne·sic, adjectiveki·ne·si·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for kinesic


  1. (functioning as singular) the study of the role of body movements, such as winking, shrugging, etc, in communication
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Word Origin and History for kinesic



study of body language, 1952, from Greek kinesis "movement, motion" (see cite) + -ics. Related: kinesic.

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kinesic in Medicine


[kə-nēzĭks, kī-]
  1. The study of nonverbal bodily movements, such as gestures and facial expressions, as communication.
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