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

1950–55; < Greek kī́nēs(is) (see kinesis) + -ics
Related formski·ne·sic, adjectiveki·ne·si·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words

gesture, nod, signal, sign, token, indication, action, reminder, expression, salute, curtsy, bow, motion, wink, intimation, genuflection, mime, wave, shrug, pantomime

British Dictionary definitions for kinesics


  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 kinesics


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

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kinesics in Medicine


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