[ki-nee-siks, -ziks, kahy-]

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc., as a means of communication.

Nearby words

  1. kinescope,
  2. kineshma,
  3. kinesi-,
  4. kinesia,
  5. kinesiatrics,
  6. kinesiology,
  7. kinesioneurosis,
  8. kinesis,
  9. kinesitherapy,
  10. kinesthesia

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for kinesics



(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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for kinesics


[kə-nēzĭks, kī-]


The study of nonverbal bodily movements, such as gestures and facial expressions, as communication.

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