Body Language Mouth (Complete Guide)

  • By: Phil Taylor
  • Time to read: 5 min.

The mouth is one of the most important parts of our bodies when it comes to body language.

It can reveal so much about a person without them having to say a word at all, from their thoughts and feelings to what they are thinking or planning.

The mouth is often used to express emotions, take in food, breath, and speak. Mouth gestures are often associated with how well the person is communicating.

Mouths can be closed or open in various ways to show different types of emotions. Some people may cover their mouth with their hands when feeling nervous or shy. There are many different meanings when it comes to reading the mouth within body language.

This second place we look when gathering information about a person when analyzing them after the eyes.

We will now take a look at what the facial expressions of the mouth mean. The first non-verbal gesture of the mouth we will look at is the hand over the mouth.

You can also check out what the hand means over the mouth here.

Body Language Mouth Open Really Mean

Body language mouth open really mean

The meaning behind an open mouth gesture varies for each person but the message they send out is easily interpreted by others. When we hear the term “jaw-dropping or my mouth hit the floor” we think of the mouth being opened.

The mouth opening is often an expression of shock or disbelief. It could also be a way of relieving tension in the jaw.

It’s important to keep the context in mind when it comes to any non-verbal analysis. What did they see, what did they say and who was around them at the time of mouth opening?

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Body Language Mouth Closed Really Mean

Body language mouth closed really mean

Many people think that when someone has their mouth closed it means they are angry or not interested in talking anymore.

This isn’t always true though because people’s mouths may be closed for many other reasons like eating food or yawning.

We usually see this nonverbal cue of the mouth closed when people are relaxed or suppressing some kind of information. The context around this cue is vital to understanding what is really going on with that person and why they are keeping their mouths closed.

Understanding Breathing Cues (They Mean More Then You Know)


Exhaling can have a few different meanings within a body language context. For example, when we exhale, we may sigh or puff our cheeks.

When we exhale with a loud and short breath, it usually indicates stress or frustration. We typically see this nonverbal cue when someone has given up or has received some bad news.

Exhaling with the cheeks puffed out and pursed lips are another indication that someone is under stress or has just relaxed from a stressful situation.

You may see relief on their face and the eyes may soften after this happens.


One example of inhaling is when you greet someone or when they join the table. This may mean that you are happy to see them.

Another example is the affirmation inhaling, you will often see this when someone is about to agree with you and they will take a short intake of breath before saying yes.

Holding the breath

Holding one’s breath for a prolonged period of time is usually a sign of fight or flight. If you see someone holding their breath in a conversation or situation, they are usually frightened or apprehensive about something.

Body Language Of The Tongue (All You Need To Know)

Tongue Corner Mouth Really Mean

From a body language point of view, the tongue is pushed in the corner of the mouth and held their means that the person is feeling stressed out.

There are, however, a few other meanings for the tongue to be held in the corner of the mouth. It could be the person is hiding information, and it is often a submissive or playful gesture.

Tongue Jutting Between Teeth

When you see the tongue sticking out between the teeth, it tends to mean that the person thinks they have gotten away with something or they think they have been found out.

Remember context is important when studying any kind of nonverbal behavior.

Tongue Out

Sticking the tongue out of the mouth can mean the person doesn’t like you or is being cheeky towards you, think kids.

It can also be a sign of concern that you usually see the tongue sticking out of the mouth on one side while a task is being performed.

Licking The Teeth

Licking one’s teeth usually means that person is feeling under stress or in a bad situation. It’s a way of relieving oneself or often called a coping mechanism in body language.

Body language mouth movement really mean

In many cultures, mouth movement has been considered to have an impact on one’s mood and personality.

For example, an upward mouth movement is considered to be a sign of happiness whereas a downward one signifies sadness (think smile)

You will also see the jaw move from side to side this could mean they are feeling some kind of pressure or stress.

What Does Dry Mouth Mean In Body Language

A dry mouth is a condition in which the body doesn’t produce enough saliva. This can be caused by a number of things, such as nervousness, stress, and anxiety.

You can usually hear this when people are stressed, as their mouth becomes tacky due to the build-up of protein. I have often seen this in TED Talks, check some out see if you can hear what I’m talking about.

If you ever have a dry mouth when you’re talking, remember to wipe your mouth often and drink water.

Mouth Body Language Attraction

Mouth body language attraction

It is important to remember that body language is not 100% reliable when trying to determine if someone likes you.

Women often use their mouths to display attraction by licking their lips or teeth, but there are no absolutes to this. We have to read the context surrounding the body language cues.

Covering Mouth With Shirt Body Language

When we cover our mouth, we are trying to either stop ourselves from saying something or we are trying to keep something in. We may also do it when we’ve said something that has offended someone and then want to take it back.

It can also be a sign of insecurity or withholding information.



As you can tell there are many different meanings to body language of the mouth. Body language often has its roots in human evolution, with the purpose of conveying emotion, thoughts, and intentions.

I hope you have enjoyed reading and learning about the mouth and what part it has to play in understanding other people’s body language.