man·nered | \ˈma-nərd \

Definition of mannered 

1 : having manners of a specified kind well-mannered

2a : having or displaying a particular manner

b : having an artificial or stilted character passages … so mannered as to be unintelligible— R. G. G. Price

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That was less true for the Mussorgsky, which sounded blunt and mannered, with too many details left blurred by heavy pedaling and unreliable technique. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lera Auerbach unveils a darkly formidable new piano work," 28 Mar. 2018 Some find his expressive gestures showy or mannered. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Why Lang Lang’s Return Is a Big Deal for Classical Music," 4 July 2018 Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville makes the mild-mannered Fred Rogers look downright revolutionary. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ shines a light on Mr. Rogers’ gentle message of kindness," 21 June 2018 Though interestingly when opinion polls are run to chose Argentina's best sports personality in history, for instance, the mild-mannered good-natured Juan Manuel Fangio wins hands down every time. CNN, "How Diego Maradona redefined football in the space of less than five minutes," 11 June 2018 The bloc led by Iraq’s mild-mannered prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, came second, with 51. The Economist, "A cleric who once tormented America seems to have won Iraq’s election," 19 May 2018 There’s agreement that the avid adventurers generally are well mannered, while partiers and some weekend arrivals are the opposite with trash, nasty bonfires and waste. Kevin Spear,, "Florida nature spoiled by 'Charmin lilies' — used toilet paper," 22 June 2018 Along with experiencing the well-mannered behavior of the Iceland residents along with the mountainous and maritime scenery, both Song and Keats raved about the hot dogs. Steve Sadin,, "Highland Park and Deerfield musicians return from Icelandic concert trip," 16 Apr. 2018 Conduct yourself all the time in accordance to being a well-mannered gentleman. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "For ASU's Herm Edwards, sports bubble helped to overcome racism growing up," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of mannered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mannered

: behaving in a certain way

: formal in a way that is intended to impress other people


man·nered | \ˈma-nərd \

Kids Definition of mannered

: having manners of a specified kind mild-mannered

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