mannered

adjective
man·​nered | \ ˈma-nərd How to pronounce mannered (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web On the evening of May 29th, a New York state senator named Zellnor Myrie, a mild-mannered son of Caribbean immigrants from Flatbush, went to join a protest against police abuse outside the Barclays Center, in downtown Brooklyn. Tom Robbins, The New Yorker, "Is Bill de Blasio the Loneliest Man in New York City?," 12 June 2020 Morgan expected a federal government that was his quiet and mild-mannered silent partner; Roosevelt abhorred bullies and was a very skillful bully himself. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Hour of Fate’ untangles complex trust-busting history," 12 June 2020 His brash leadership is an ideal fit on a roster loaded with mild-mannered personalities. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors mailbag: Could Marc Gasol be Golden State’s starting center next season?," 3 June 2020 At the time Stigler, the mild-mannered director of the MICU and a Birmingham native, spent long shifts garbed head-to-toe in protective gear, caring for critically ill patients and comforting family members by phone who were desperate for news. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Birmingham ICU past peak, seeing fewer coronavirus cases: “There’s a greater sense of optimism”," 2 May 2020 Isabelle Carre plays a mild-mannered insurance company representative who begins to suspect that one of her clients (Benoit Poelvoorde) is a serial killer. SFChronicle.com, "Star-studded Bang on a Can festival goes global," 29 Apr. 2020 The mild-mannered doctor is also a vibrant presence in the arts community, having founded Gulf Artspace in 2002. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Alabama physician exorcises his coronavirus demons through art," 26 Apr. 2020 One Punch Man tells the story of Saitama, a mild-mannered superhero who struggles to find a worthy opponent, having defeated every one of his adversaries with a single blow. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Sony is developing a One Punch Man movie with Venom writers," 21 Apr. 2020 On sunny fall mornings, Sam Fitz takes his mild-mannered, 100-pound pitbull named Lexi for a walk in downtown Washington, D.C. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "These dry ciders are made like wine and packaged like beer," 19 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mannered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mannered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mannered. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for mannered

mannered

adjective
How to pronounce mannered (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mannered

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

mannered

adjective
man·​nered | \ ˈma-nərd How to pronounce mannered (audio) \

Kids Definition of mannered

: having manners of a specified kind mild-mannered

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