man·​nered ˈma-nərd How to pronounce mannered (audio)
: having manners of a specified kind
: having or displaying a particular manner
: having an artificial or stilted character
passages … so mannered as to be unintelligibleR. G. G. Price

Examples of mannered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chastain’s and Hathaway’s performances haven’t the precisely mannered intensity of Veerle Baetens and Anne Coesens in the original, but there’s interest in the duality of their takes on the Betty Draper ideal, driven to derangement by nerves and poise respectively. Guy Lodge, Variety, 27 Mar. 2024 There are bright spots: Bill Camp introduces a welcome note of surly realism even at the height of the film’s most mannered lunacy, and a third-act cameo arrives just in time to almost save the day. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024 And Wes Anderson is a filmmaker who — judging by the overly meticulous mise-en-scène, the highly mannered methods of his storytelling, the obsessive curating and compulsive footnoting of onscreen bric-a-brac — seems to love the structure that comes with obeying unwritten rules. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2023 What Winslet, also a producer, brings to the screen (a believably complicated cocktail of defiance, fear and despair) feels too honest and emotionally raw for this mannered cinematic portrait of a singular life. Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 31 Oct. 2023 Perry delivered that particular line frantically and well back in the fall of 1996, with a chaotic edge scrambling the mannered emphasis that characterized so many of his line readings. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2023 Though soft-spoken and exquisitely mannered, Dr. Swaminathan could be persistent. Keith Schneider, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 The two best things in a movie that’s too mannered for its own good are the relentless restraint of Owen’s performance and how Mike Hodges’s film provides such an expert tutorial on gaming as seen from the other side of the table. Mark Feeney,, 29 Aug. 2023 Layers of textiles from all over the world sit alongside an altar of erotic male nude bronze figurines; a silk opera coat is slung over a door next to a gallery wall of highly mannered portraits. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mannered was in the 14th century

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“Mannered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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man·​nered ˈman-ərd How to pronounce mannered (audio)
: having manners of a specified kind
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