manner

noun
man·​ner | \ ˈma-nər \

Definition of manner

1a(1) : a characteristic or customary mode of acting : custom stopped to speak, after the manner of the country— Ellen Glasgow
(2) : a mode of procedure or way of acting : fashion responded in a lively manner
(3) : method of artistic execution (see execution sense 1) or mode of presentation : style offers plenty of room for many jazz manners Wilder Hobson
b manners plural : social conduct or rules of conduct as shown in the prevalent customs Victorian manners
c : characteristic or distinctive bearing (see bearing sense 1), air, or deportment his poised gracious manner

d manners plural

(1) : habitual conduct or deportment : behavior mind your manners
(2) : good manners Someone should teach you some manners.
e : a distinguished or stylish air taught to acquire a manner suitable to her station
2a : kind, sort what manner of man is he
b : kinds, sorts all manner of problems
to the manner born
: fitted by or as if by birth or rearing to a particular position, role, or status was not to the manner born, and did not go to prep schools or to an Ivy League school— Peter Tryell

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Other Words from manner

mannerless \ ˈma-​nər-​ləs \ adjective

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bearing, deportment, demeanor, mien, manner, carriage mean the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture. a woman of regal bearing deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training. your deportment was atrocious demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior. the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor. a mien of supreme self-satisfaction manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others. the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking. the kind of carriage learned at boarding school

method, mode, manner, way, fashion, system mean the means taken or procedure followed in achieving an end. method implies an orderly logical arrangement usually in steps. effective teaching methods mode implies an order or course followed by custom, tradition, or personal preference. the preferred mode of transportation manner is close to mode but may imply a procedure or method that is individual or distinctive. an odd manner of conducting way is very general and may be used for any of the preceding words. has her own way of doing things fashion may suggest a peculiar or characteristic way of doing something. rushing about in his typical fashion system suggests a fully developed or carefully formulated method often emphasizing rational orderliness. a filing system

Examples of manner in a Sentence

She has a very forceful manner of speaking. I objected to the manner in which the decision was made. Some people have no manners. Someone should teach you some manners! He forgot his manners and reached across the table for the salt. He painted this picture in his early manner.
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As the wife of the future king, her visits may command the attention of the world, but her manner is reserved and those who meet her are often surprised by how low-key the encounter feels. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Experiences as a Mother Have Profoundly Shaped Her Focus for 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 This strange turn of events has a complicated explanation, one that Maigret and his minions discover in their swift, methodical manner. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Tales to Warm a Cold Winter’s Night," 21 Dec. 2018 In its own under-the-radar manner, Memphis has managed to avoid the kind of supercharged growth that has changed the character of other cities. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Memphis downtown boom fueled by riverfront city’s rich history," 25 Sep. 2018 Alas, the quintessential grandmother moment: This moment between the Queen and Zara, the daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, is rare due to its casual, comfortable manner. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Queen Elizabeth's Relationship With Her Grandchildren," 1 Aug. 2018 The manner of presentation depends on where exactly the dermoid cyst is. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019 The start of the new year is best celebrated with all manner of refreshes. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Hottest Home Trends of 2019, According to Jonathan Adler," 2 Jan. 2019 Your bug-like protagonist starts off almost comically underpowered, with a sword-like nail and a floaty jump as his only protection against all manners of insectoid beasts. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Your objective is to determine the fate — and often, the precise manner of death — of each person on board, their culpability in the tragedy, and the larger series of events that left the ship abandoned and adrift. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of manner

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for manner

Middle English manere, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *manuaria, from Latin, feminine of manuarius of the hand, from manus hand — more at manual

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manner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manner

somewhat formal : the way that something is done or happens
: the way that a person normally behaves especially while with other people
: behavior while with other people

manner

noun
man·​ner | \ ˈma-nər \

Kids Definition of manner

1 : the way something is done or happens She worked in a quick manner.
2 : a way of acting He has a gentle manner.
3 manners plural : behavior toward or in the presence of other people They have good manners in a restaurant.
4 : sort entry 1 sense 1 … all manner of stories were told about it …— C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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