noun man·ner \ˈma-nər\

Definition of manner

  1. 1a :  kind, sort what manner of man is heb :  kinds, sorts all manner of problems

  2. 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 Hobsonb manners plural :  social conduct or rules of conduct as shown in the prevalent customs Victorian mannersc :  characteristic or distinctive bearing (see bearing 1), air, or deportment his poised gracious mannerd 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


play \-ləs\ adjective

to the manner born

  1. :  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

  1. She has a very forceful manner of speaking.

  2. I objected to the manner in which the decision was made.

  3. Some people have no manners.

  4. Someone should teach you some manners!

  5. He forgot his manners and reached across the table for the salt.

  6. 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

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

MANNER Defined for English Language Learners


noun man·ner \ˈma-nər\

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


noun man·ner \ˈma-nər\

Definition of manner for Students

  1. 1 :  the way something is done or happens She worked in a quick manner.

  2. 2 :  a way of acting He has a gentle manner.

  3. 3 manners plural :  behavior toward or in the presence of other people They have good manners in a restaurant.

  4. 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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