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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The two Pauls — one a well-mannered boy who is a model student, the other a boy who fired two bullets into a man — are hard to reconcile. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Paul Henry Gingerich: Another birthday for a boy in prison," 17 Feb. 2015 Yet there were moments that broke through the mannered protest and stuck a unexpected thumb in the eye of award show etiquette. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "3 Legitimately Subversive Moments From the 2018 Golden Globes," 8 Jan. 2018 Krauthammer delivered his views in a mild-mannered, steady and sometimes philosophical style, consistent with his background in psychiatry and his detailed analysis of human behavior. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Charles Krauthammer’s final book, finished by his son, Daniel, is due in December," 19 Sep. 2018 But the Vikings were not prepared for this offense, which kept using their mild-mannered backup to perforate a Minnesota secondary clearly expecting the Eagles to downshift and run out the final two quarters. Conor Orr,, "Nick Foles and the Eagles Achieved Something Spectacular—Downing the NFL's No. 1 Defense," 21 Jan. 2018 Her Supergirl has a secret identity as mild-mannered reporter Clara Keene, who stumbles around the office, suffers a horrible sinus condition and swoons over a fellow reporter. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "Carol Burnett comes to Seattle to banter, answer questions — and possibly do the Tarzan yell," 9 Oct. 2018 This mild-mannered vlogger endeavors to uncover corruption and speak truth to power regarding income inequality in the Bay Area. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Venom film review: Stupid, but still good enough to bite your head off," 5 Oct. 2018 The mild-mannered Colyer is seeking a full four-year term after moving up from lieutenant governor in January when unpopular Gov. Sam Brownback took an ambassador position in Trump’s administration. John Hanna, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tweet could tip Kansas GOP governor primary," 6 Aug. 2018 Totally upstanding, really nice, mild-mannered, thoughtful. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roger Ailes was “not rational”: Alexis Bloom on her new film about the Fox News founder," 11 Dec. 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
disapproving : formal in a way that is intended to impress other people


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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