Simple Definition of mannerism
: a person's particular way of talking or moving
Full Definition of mannerism
1 a : exaggerated or affected adherence to a particular style or manner : artificiality, preciosity <refined almost to the point of mannerism — Winthrop Sargeant> b often capitalized : an art style in late 16th century Europe characterized by spatial incongruity and excessive elongation of the human figures
2 : a characteristic and often unconscious mode or peculiarity of action, bearing, or treatment
Examples of mannerism
The actor can mimic the President's mannerisms perfectly.
<quirky mannerisms such as toying with her hair and tapping her toes>
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Medical Definition of mannerism
: a characteristic and often unconscious mode or peculiarity of action, bearing, or treatment; especially : any pointless and compulsive activity performed repeatedly
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