Definition of manner
2a (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 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 1), air, or deportment <his poised gracious manner>d manners plural (1) : habitual conduct or deportment : behavior <smind 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>
mannerlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 12th century
Synonym Discussion of manner
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>.
MANNER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of manner for English Language Learners
: the way that something is done or happens
: the way that a person normally behaves especially while with other people
manners : behavior while with other people
MANNER Defined for Kids
Definition of manner for Students
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 : 1sort 1 <… all manner of stories were told about it … — C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe>
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