MEANING: noun: Behavior; demeanor; bearing.

ETYMOLOGY: From French comportement (behavior), from comporter (to bear), from Latin comportare (to transport), from com- (with) + portare (to carry). Ultimately from the Indo-European root per- (to lead, pass over), which also gave us support, petroleum, sport, passport, colporteur, rapporteur, deportment, Swedish fartlek, Norwegian fjord, and Sanskrit parvat (mountain). Earliest documented use: 1605.

COMPORTMEN - those who would teach you how to behave in polite society; style coaches

OOMPORTMENT - carrying yourslf like a brass band

COMPOSTMENT - the manufacture of organic fertilizer