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1. The manner in which one acts or behaves.
a. The actions or reactions of a person or animal in response to external or internal stimuli.
b. One of these actions or reactions: "a hormone ... known to directly control sex-specific reproductive and parenting behaviors in a wide variety of vertebrates" (Thomas Maugh II).
3. The manner in which something functions or operates: the faulty behavior of a computer program; the behavior of dying stars.

[Middle English behavour, from behaven, to behave (on the model of havour, behavior, from Old French avoir, from avoir, to have); see behave.]

be·hav′ior·al adj.
be·hav′ior·al·ly adv.
Synonyms: behavior, conduct, bearing, deportment, comportment, demeanor
These nouns all pertain to a person's actions as they constitute a means of evaluation by others. Behavior is the most general: The children were on their best behavior.
Conduct applies to actions considered from the standpoint of morality and ethics: "Life, not the parson, teaches conduct" (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)
Bearing often carries with it the implication of social standing or position: "It was evident from his bearing that he belonged to the country's ruling élite" (Amitav Ghosh).
Deportment and comportment pertain more narrowly to actions measured by a prevailing code of social behavior: "the alleged decline in standards of deportment—a significant issue for an institution that prided itself on turning out 'gentlemen'" (Jerome Karabel). "Would I see a different person, or merely the same one governed by different conventions of comportment ... accoutrement, and dress?" (Witold Rybczynski).
Demeanor suggests outward appearance that manifests inward emotion or character: "The Beth I saw now was not only nimble-footed, but her demeanor was exuberant and self-assured" (Rachel Simon).


(bɪˈheɪv yər)

1. the manner of conducting oneself.
2. Psychol., Animal Behav.
a. observable activity in a human or animal.
b. the aggregate of responses to internal and external stimuli.
c. a stereotyped species-specific activity, as a courtship dance.
3. the action or reaction of any material under given circumstances.
[1400–50; late Middle English behavoure, behaver, derivative of behave, on the model of hav(i)or possession< Middle French (h)avoir < Latin habēre to have]
be•hav′ior•al, adj.
be•hav′ior•al•ly, adv.
usage: See -or 1.


1. The actions displayed by an organism in response to its environment.
2. One of these actions. Feeding and mating are examples of animal behaviors.


the condition or state of being deviant or aberrant.
1. having a tendency towards, or being in a state of abnormality.
2. something that is abnormal.
a person who is characterized as being in some way abnormal.
impulsive, rash, or irresponsible actions or attitudes, especially in the sphere of public life. — adventurist, n. — adventuristic, adj.
the attitudes and behavior of one who exaggerates dangers or always expects disaster. — alarmist, n.
Obsolete, illogicality, unreasonableness. — alogic, alogical, adj.
the taking on of masculine habits and occupations by women.
the dress and conduct suitable to a pastoral existence, usually with reference to the idealized description of pastoral life in literature. — Arcadian, n., adj.
1. the state of having recently achieved wealth or position, especially by unscrupulous or unethical means.
2. behavior typical of arrivism. — arriviste, n., adj.
a severe self-deprivation for ethical, religious, or intellectual ends. — ascetic, n., adj.
1. a sad and gloomy individual.
2. an irritable and bad-tempered person. — atrabilious, adj.
the practice of striking poses, either to mask or to express personal feelings. — attitudinarian, n.
the characteristics attributed to attorneys; slyness; unscrupulousness.
an automatic or involuntary action. — automatist, n.
Rare. an abnormal fear of being egotistical, of referring to oneself.
Derogatory. the practices of Hindus who had only a slight English education. From bābū, a Hindi title equivalent to Sir or Mr.
showmanship or any activity taking advantage of people’s credulity or desire for sensational entertainment, as practiced by P.T. Barnum (1810-91).
the characteristics of a bashaw, especially tyranny and imperiousness.
attitudes or behavior typical of a beatnik or one who has rejected conventions of society.
a debased brutality, the opposite of humane activity: “I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.” (Othello). See also sex.
strangeness or grotesqueness, especially strange or unconventional behavior.
behavior typical of a blackguard, characterized by use of obscene language and by roguish actions. — blackguardery, n.blackguardly, adj.
the practice of individualistic, unconventional, and relaxed conduct, of ten in an artistic context, expressing disregard for or opposition to ordinary conventions. — bohemian, n., adj.
conduct characteristic of a stupid person or clown. — boobyish, adj.
a braggart’s usual activity; bragging. — braggartist, braggart, n.
the practice of advocating or engaging in brutality. — brutalitarian, adj.
the set of attributes that characterize a brute. — brutish, adj.
the actions of a bully.
the characteristics associated with one who advances his career even at the expense of his pride and dignity. — careerist, n.
an addiction to ceremonies or ritualism, especially in social and other nonreligious contexts. — ceremonialist, n.
the study of character, especially its development and its variations. — characterologist, n.characterologic, characterological, adj.
the quality of having characteristics of a fraud. — charlatanic, adj.
a habit or custom; usual behavior.
foolish conceit or vanity; behavior typical of a coxcomb.
reckless or foolhardy behavior. Also called daredeviltry. — daredevil, n.
Obsolete, raving or maniacal behavior, as that of a bacchanal.
proper behavior; action that is seemly and in good taste. — decorous, adj.
the attitudes or behavior of one who stubbornly holds on to something, as an outdated view, untenable position, etc. — die-hard, n., adj.
an admiration of or interest in the arts, often used pejoratively to designate a shallow, undisciplined, or frivolous attraction. — dilettante, n., adj.dilettantish, adj.
1. an action characterized as being donkeylike; foolishness.
2. the characteristic of being like a donkey. — donkeyish, adj.
idleness or indolence as a habit or regular practice.
the habit of being shabbily dressed. — dowdyish, adj.
the habit of performing actions in a histrionic manner.
a pedantic adherence to logically constructed rules.
an action or behavior that deviates from the norm; unpredictability in behavior.
1. a deliberately conspicuous or exaggerated mode of behavior, intended to gain attention.
2. the abnormal practice of indecent exposure. — exhibitionist, n.exhibitionistic, adj.
laziness; the state of being idle. — faineant, adj.
the quality of being a fairy or having fairylike characteristics.
swaggering boastfulness; vainglorious speech or behavior. — fanfaron, n.
spiritual or intellectual dissatisfaction combined with a desire for power or material advantage. After Johann Faust (c.1480-c.1538), German scholar portrayed by Marlowe and Goethe. — faustian, adj.
Rare. evil attitudes and actions.
1. the quality or state of being a servant or toady.
2. behavior typical of flunkyism. — flunky, flunkey, n.
the condition of adhering solely to set formulas. — formularistic, adj.
behavior typical of an earlier time; old-fashioned or stuffy attitudes; fogyism.
the condition of having brotherly qualities. — fraternalist, n.fraternalistic, adj.
the administrative duties of officials. — functionary, n., adj.
the habit of using organized violence to achieve one’s ends. — gangster, n.
boastful or bragging behavior. Also gasconadc.
1. inclined to laughter.
2. laugh-provoking in conduct or speech.
the extremely obsequious behavior of a sycophant. — gnathonic, adj.
1. a strong penchant for good food; gourmetism; epicurism.
2. gluttony. — gourmand, gormand, n., adj.
attitudes and actions modeled on the grandees, Iberian nobles of the highest rank.
the activities and style of living attributed to gypsies. — gypsy, gipsy, n.gypsyish, gipsyish, adj.
a performance involving Harlequin or other characters of the Commedia dell’Arte; hence, buffoonery or clownish behavior. Also harlequinery.
the practice of retiring from society and living in solitude, based upon a variety of motives, including religious. Also called hermitry, hermitship.hermitic, hermitical, adj.
a tendency to theatrical or exaggerated action. Also histriconism.histrionics, n.histrionic, adj.
the state of being a hobo or vagrant.
a dedication to taking holidays.
lawless behavior or conduct typical of a hooligan.
looking or acting in some way like a horse. — horsy, horsey, adj.horsily, adv.
any behavior attributed to the Hottentots, in particular, a kind of stammering or stuttering.
ill-bred, boisterous, or tomboyish behavior in a woman. — hoyden, n. , — hoydenish, adj.
1. pretentious behavior or attitudes.
2. imposing or deceptive behavior. — humbug, humbugger, n.
an obsolete physiological explanation of health, disease, and behavior, asserting that the relative proportions of four elemental bodily fluids or humors (blood-sanguinity, phlegm-sluggishness, black bile-melancholy, and yellow bile-choler) determined a person’s physical and mental constitution. — humoral, humoural, adj.
division of patriotic loyalties, ascribed by some to foreign-born citizens in the United States.
an idiosyncrasy or personal mannerism or peculiarity.
a mannerism, action, or form of behavior peculiar to one person or group. — idiosyncratic, idiosyncratical, adj.
lack of shame or modesty.
1. indecorous, improper, or unseemly behavior.
2. an indecorous thing or action.
the customs or traditions of Indians, especially American Indians. — Indianist, n.
the quality of revolting against established authority. — insurrectionist, n., adj.insurrectionary, adj.
a tendency to irritability and sudden fits of anger. Also called irascibleness. — irascible, adj.
the quality of having traits or characteristics like those of Samuel Johnson. — Johnsonian, n., adj.
Often pejorative. a mode of action or thought characterized by apparent youthfulness. — juvenile, n., adj.
the actions and characteristics of a landlord. — landlordly, adj.
the state of being noisy, rowdy, or disorderly. — larrikin, adj., n.
a tendency to unrestrained, often licentious or dissolute conduct. Also libertinage. — libertine, n., adj.
the pursuit or adulation of celebrities. — lionize, v.
1. an inclination to dispute or disagree with others, esp. through civil suits.
2. argumentativeness. — litigious, adj.
the customs and characteristics of London and of those who reside there. — Londonish, adj.
a tendency to foppishness. — macaroni, maccaroni, n.
behavior characteristic of a maenad or bacchante; raging or wild behavior in a woman. — maenadic, adj.
1. the state or quality of being a maid, a young or unmarried woman.
2. behavior or attitude typical of maidism.
a style of action, bearing, thought, or speech peculiar to an individual or a special group. See also art. — mannerist, n.manneristic, adj.
an emphasis on scrupulous attention to the details of methods and procedures in all areas of life. — martinet, n.martinetish, adj.
1. a tendency in temperament to be mawkishly sentimental and tearfully emotional.
2. a degree of drunkenness characterized by mawkish emotionalism. — maudlin, adj.
behavior typical of that portrayed in a melodrama, i.e., characterized by extremes of emotion.
1. the state or quality of having a lively, fickle, volatile, or erratic attitude or charaeter.
2. an instance of such behavior. — mercurial, adj.
1. the state or quality of being a weak and ineffectual person.
2. behavior or attitudes typical of a such a person.
an intense (and sometimes injurious) tendency to mimicry.
boastful and pretentious behavior; quackery or any actions typical of a mountebank. Also mountebankery.
behavior characteristic of a boorish person.
the principle or practice of mutual dependence as the condition of individual and social welfare. — mutualist, n.
weak or insipid behavior or attitude. — namby-pamby, n., adj.
a quality or trait distinctive of Negroes.
conduct characteristic of a ninny, or silly fool. — ninnyish, adj.
a rootless, nondomestic, and roving lifestyle. — nomadic, adj.
the practice of going nude. — nudist, n., adj.
the characteristics and customs of people situated in western regions, especially the Western Hemisphere, as western European countries and the United States. — Occidentalist, n.
the condition of resembling an ogre in actions and characteristics. — ogreish, adj.
the conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances, with little regard for principles. — opportunist, n.opportunistic, adj.
the habits, qualities, and customs of Oriental peoples. — Orientalist, Orientality, n.
mindless imitation. Also called parrotry.
the adherence to an exclusive subject, interest, or topic. — particularist, n.particularistic, adj.
1. behavior or attitudes typical of one who has recently acquired wealth or social position.
2. the state or quality of being a parvenu or upstart. — parvenu, n., adj.
1. the state of being a member of one of the original citizen families of ancient Rome.
2. the state of being noble or high born. — patriciate, n.
the quality of having common manners, character, or style. — plebeian, n., adj.
a tendency to conduct expressing indifference, nonchalance, or lack of concern. — pococurante, pococurantist, n.pococurante, adj.
the characteristics associated with being a coward or wretch. Also called poltroonery. — poltroonish, adj.
a penchant for meddlesomeness and officiousness. Also polypragmacy, polypragmaty. — polypragmatist, n.polypragmatic, adj.
one whose conduct is unchaste, licentious, or lewd.
the study of human behavior and conduct. — praxeological, adj.
excessive fastidiousness or over-refinement in language or behavior.
hasty or rash action, behavior, etc.; undue or ill-considered haste. — precipitant, adj.
the strict adherence to correctness of behavior. — prigger, n.priggish, adj.
1. dissolute or immoral behavior.
2. reckless and extravagant spending or behavior. — profligate, adj.
the actions and qualities of a protagonist. — protagonist, n.
a tendency to peevish, petulant, or insolent conduct.
a method of affecting behavior by assisting in the choice of desirable life goals. — psychagogue, n.
affected or impertinent behavior; conceit.
a tendency to absurdly chivalric, visionary, or romantically impractical conduct. — quixotic, quixotical, adj.
Rare. a tendency to railing and quibbling. — rabulistic, rabulous, adj.
the condition of being reactionary or resistant to change. — reactionist, n., adj.
the characteristics of a reporter.
the qualities of a reunion or social gathering. — reunionist, n.
the state of being revolutionary. — revolutionary, revolutionist, n.revolutional, revolutionary, adj.
the excessive adherence to a routine. — routinist, n.
noisy, quarrelsome, or disorderly conduct or behavior. — rowdy, n., adj.
behavior typical or characteristic of a brutal and violent person. — ruffian, n.
diabolical behavior. — Satanist, n.
the condition of having uncivilized or primitive qualities. — savagedom, n.
the practices characteristic of a schoolboy. — schoolboyish, adj.
the characteristics and behavior of a scoundrel. — scoundrelly, adj.
a person who seeks solitude or removes himself from the society of others; a recluse.
the quality of having sensation. — sensorial. adj.
Archaic. an ecstatic devotion, especially religious.
1. a person who delivers sermons.
2. a person who adopts a preaching attitude.
a tendency to whimsical conduct in accord with absurd theories from past ages. [Allusion to the actions of Walter, father of the hero in Sterne’s Tristram Shandy.]
a tendency to conduct marked by outbursts of strong emotion. — spasmodist, n. — spasmodic, spasmodical, adj.
activity characteristic of the observance of Sunday as a holy day.
the condition of having qualities or traits like those of a superman. — supermanly, adj.
a love of luxury. [Allusion to Sybaris, a Greek colony in Italy not-ed for its luxury.] — sybarite, n. — sybaritic, adj.
the practice of self-serving or servile flattery. Also called sycophancy. — sycophant, n.sycophantic, adj.
the condition of having coinciding emotions in two or more people.
Obsolete. a form of teasing or harassment in which a hope of some good or benefit is instilled in the victim, only to be repeatedly dashed and the reward shown to be unattainable.
hypocrisy. [Allusion to Molière’s hypocritical hero, Tartuffe.] Also called tartuffery.
a tendency to actions marked by exaggerations in speech or behavior. Also called theatricism.
the habit of extreme neatness.
a personal despair leading to misanthropy. [Allusion to Shake-speare’s Timon of Athens.]
a fawning flattery, obsequiousness, or sycophancy. — toady, n.toadyish, adj,
formal or superficial compliance with a law, requirement, convention, etc.
the conduct characteristic of a tomboy, a boyish girl. — tomboyish, adj.
Obsolete, the attitudes and actions of the Turks.
the habit of giving opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge or competence. — ultracrepidarian, n., adj.
1. the tendency to wander from place to place without a settled home; nomadism.
2. the life of a tramp; vagrancy. Also called vagabondage.vagabond, n., adj.
the malicious destruction or defamation of public or private property. — vandal, vandalization, n.vandalish, adj.
the actions or thoughts of members of a vanguard, those at the forefront of a movement, fad, etc. — vanguardist, n.
the affection for or emulation of Victorian tastes or thoughts.
the actions characteristic of a Viking, i.e., savagery, rapaciousness, etc.
the compulsion to seek sexual gratification by secretively looking at sexual objects or acts; the actions of a Peeping Tom. — voyeur, n.voyeuristic, adj.
Rare. the state or quality of being foxlike, especially crafty or cunning. — vulpine, adj.
behavior or character typical of a vulture, especially in the figurative sense of being rapacious. — vulturous, adj.
the quality of having the traits of a werewolf.
a penchant for rowdyism. [Allusion to Swift’s characters in Gulliver’s Travels.]
1. the state or quality of being a yokel or country bumpkin.
2. behavior, language, etc, typical of a yokel.
the style of a zany or buffoon.
a tendency to undue or excessive zeal; fanaticism.
1. abnormal zeal.
2. morbid jealousy. — zelotypic, adj.




  1. Accepted the crisp bills with a certain famished delicacy like an aristocrat determined not to slaver at the sight of food —John Farris
  2. Accumulated [information] like a nest-building bird —Louis Auchincloss
  3. Act badly … like a man hitting a woman in the breast —George Bernard Shaw
  4. Acted bored but patient, as though an enthusiastic acquaintance had just shown him the picture of a new grandchild —Joel Swerdlow
  5. Allowed himself to be absorbed (into the softly palpitating life about him,) like a tired traveler sinking, at his journey’s end, into a warm bath —Edith Wharton
  6. Ate like Satan, and worked like a gnat —A. E. Coppard
  7. Attention-getting behavior … like I was screaming at the universe [to fulfill my ambitions] —Mel Brooks, Playboy, April, 1973
  8. Battled failure like the seven plagues —Anon
  9. Behave … like a sort of love-crazed sparrow —Roald Dahl
  10. Behavior is a mirror in which everyone shows his image —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  11. Bluster like the north wind —Mrs. Centlivre
  12. Butters it [the truth] over like a slice of bread —Erich Maria Remarque

    In his novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque uses the simile to explain that man is “Essentially a beast” but covers up this truth “With a little decorum.”

  13. (All he was doing was) calling attention to himself, rather like those movie stars who go around wearing dark glasses on cloudy days —Loren D. Estleman
  14. Carrying on like a revivalist facing a full tent —Robert Traver
  15. Charm was put forward like a piece of acting in a theatre —Hugh Walpole
  16. Clutched at her throat like one stifled for want of air —Anzia Yezierska
  17. Crawl into (his secret life) and nestle there, like the worm in the rose —Mary McCarthy
  18. Dangled herself [before men]… like a drum majorette —Margaret Millar
  19. Deny like a piano player in a bordello who claimed he didn’t know what went on upstairs —Ed McBain
  20. Flinched as if someone had thrown a baseball directly at his face —Graham Masterton
  21. Flinched back like a box turtle into its shell —F. van Wyck Mason
  22. Flirtatious as a Southern belle —Alice McDermott
  23. For the promise of favor he will kneel down and lick boots like a spaniel —George Garrett
  24. Glancing around him like a hunting dog nosing for a spoor —Kenzaburo Oë
  25. Go forward like a stoic Roman —Edwin Arlington Robinson
  26. Gripped life like a wrestler with a bull, impetuously —Stephen Vincent Benét
  27. He had a way of … suddenly pouncing on something [someone says] that interested him, like a heron spearing a fish —Antonia White
  28. Her not doing it was like the Baskerville hound that didn’t bark —William Dieter
  29. In public, they act like flat-chested old maids preaching temperance —Charles Simic
  30. Intruded upon my vision like a truck on an empty road —Mary Gordon
  31. I talk half the time to find out my own thoughts, as a schoolboy turns his pockets inside out to see what is in them —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  32. Jerked at the [fishing] net like a penitent —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  33. Like a nun withdrawing, or a child exploring a tower, she went upstairs —Virginia Woolf
  34. Lived and behaved like that sandpiper [in my poem]… just running along the edges of different countries, looking for something —Elizabeth Bishop, acceptance speech at University of Oklahoma, 1976 on receiving Books Abroad/Neustadt International Prize for Literature
  35. Looked round … desperately like someone trying to find a way of crossing a muddy path without getting her shoes soiled —Franz Werfel
  36. Lurking like a funeral director at a christening —W. P. Kinsella
  37. Many talk like philosophers, and live like fools —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
  38. Men’s behavior should be like their apparel, not too straight … but free for exercise or motion —Francis Bacon
  39. Nodded judiciously like someone making a mental note —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  40. Pedestrians in the East behave like lemmings rushing dispassionately to their deaths —W. P. Kinsella
  41. People loll upon the beaches ripening like gaudy peaches —Ogden Nash
  42. Play with … like a clever cat with a rubber mouse —Maureen Howard
  43. (She) poured out feelings and thoughts that most people keep to themselves like a prodigal flinging gold pieces to a scrambling crowd —W. Somerset Maugham
  44. Pushed me across [stage] like a broom —Edith Pearlman
  45. Pull rank like a little red wagon (if it’d get her a place in the shade) —Tom Robbins
  46. (Mary) pulled nerves like string in a blanket —Louise Erdrich
  47. Pushing and jostling like a stormy sea —Stephen Vincent Benét
  48. Raving, but soundlessly … so that she looked like a film of herself without a sound-track —Lawrence Durrell
  49. Recoiled … like a man walking in his sleep, awakened from a frightful dream —Charles Dickens
  50. Rose like a trout to the fly or a pickerel to the spoon —Mary McCarthy

    The simile as used in the short story, Yellowstone Park, describes a character who’s an easy prey for any appeal for money to be spent for educational purposes.

  51. (A day after helping the Giants to their victory over the Raiders in Los Angeles, Lional Manuel, the third-year wide receiver) sauntered through the locker room like an explorer just back from a glorious expedition —William R. Rhoden, New York Times, September 23, 1986
  52. (She sat in bed,) sharpening her charms and her riddles like colored pencils —Yehuda Amichai
  53. She went toward the sitting room seeking him like a cold animal seeking the fire —Margaret Mitchell
  54. Shook himself like an angry little dog coming out of the water —Barbara Pym
  55. Shrugged their shoulders as if to shake off whatever chips of responsibility might have lodged there —Helen Hudson
  56. Spoke like a fool, and acted like a fiddler —Saul Bellow
  57. Stuffed his own emptiness with good work like a glutton —Flannery O’Connor
  58. Swallowed his temper but it left a sour taste in his stomach like heartburn —Donald McCaig
  59. Swallowing hard like a stiff-necked goose —Paige Mitchell
  60. Talk like a saint and behave like a fool —Jerome K. Jerome
  61. Talks like a prophet and acts like a comedian —Amos Oz
  62. Thought and action … were simultaneous in her, rather like thunder and lightning —Leigh Allison Wilson
  63. Took them [spectacles] off, polished the lenses, and held them to the light like a spinster checking her crystal —Donald MacKenzie

    Were MacKenzie writing the novel from which this is culled, Postscript to a Dead Letter, he might well use a new bride or a proud homeowner instead of spinster, which has fallen into disfavor.

  64. Toys with … as with a yo-yo —Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli representative to the United Nations, New York Times, November 23, 1986

    This simile was used in connection with an article on Syrian terrorism. Typically, the simile was highlighted as a blurb!

  65. Treat us like mushroom … keep us in the dark and throw shit at us —Loren D. Estleman
  66. Used tranquilizing drugs … like the inhabitants of besieged medieval cities who, surprised by death, went back to bed, trying to fall asleep by telling themselves that the threatening flames were only a nightmare —Marguerite Yourcenar
  67. Using a … flippant tone, as if he were talking about people in a play, or watching the ceiling at the dentist’s —Ross Macdonald
  68. Wore abuse like widow’s weeds —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.behavior - manner of acting or controlling yourselfbehavior - manner of acting or controlling yourself
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
aggression - deliberately unfriendly behavior
bohemianism - conduct characteristic of a bohemian
dirty pool - conduct that is unfair or unethical or unsportsmanlike
dirty tricks - underhand commercial or political behavior designed to discredit an opponent
offense, offensive activity, discourtesy, offence - a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
easiness - the quality of being easy in behavior or style; "there was an easiness between them"; "a natural easiness of manner"
the way of the world, the ways of the world - the manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen; "the ordinary reader is endowed with considerable wisdom and knowledge of the way of the world"; "she was well-versed in the ways of the world before she had taken the veil"; "he was amazingly innocent of the ways of the world"
2.behavior - the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstancesbehavior - the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances; "the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"
activeness, activity, action - the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
3.behavior - (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other peoplebehavior - (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
manners - social deportment; "he has the manners of a pig"
citizenship - conduct as a citizen; "award for good citizenship"
swashbuckling - flamboyantly reckless and boastful behavior
correctitude, properness, propriety - correct or appropriate behavior
improperness, impropriety - an improper demeanor
personal manner, manner - a way of acting or behaving
4.behavior - (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
territoriality - the behavior of a male animal that defines and defends its territory
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life


1. The manner in which one behaves:
action (often used in plural), comportment, conduct, deportment, way.
2. The way in which a machine or other thing performs or functions:
functioning, operation, performance, reaction, working (often used in plural).
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The wild, chimney-corner legend (which, without copying all its extravagances, my narrative essentially follows) here gives an account of some very strange behavior on the part of Colonel Pyncheon's portrait.
but mark now, my shipmates, the behavior of poor Jonah.
As a rule, the speech and behavior of these people were gracious and courtly; and I noticed that they were good and serious listeners when anybody was tell- ing anything -- I mean in a dog-fightless interval.
Tom's behavior at home had been perfect during the entire week.
Several witnesses deposed concerning Potter's guilty behavior when brought to the scene of the murder.
An ounce of good behavior is worth a pound of repentance.
Vanstone's behavior was certainly remarkable under the circumstances.
I have few equals as a coiner, and if you should require a medal struck to give away for good behavior or the like, I think I could strike one to your satisfaction.
Moncharmin should describe the Opera ghost's behavior at such length in the first part of the book and hardly mention it at all in the second.