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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Among Brazilians who favored respectful, obedient, and good-mannered kids, four times as many chose Bolsonaro. Marc J. Hetherington, Vox, "How you think about raising children says a lot about your political views," 29 Nov. 2018 The titular segment features a well-mannered sharp-shooting songster named Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson), who faces off against The Kid (Willie Watson). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Old West never looked so quirky in Ballad of Buster Scruggs trailer," 6 Nov. 2018 The gist: After their lame attempts fail to drive out the humans now living in their home, two mild-mannered ghosts enlist an annoying demon named Beetlejuice to finish the job. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 2018 The actors still carry scripts, though that is no bar to Mr. Mac’s dangerous enthusiasm or Ms. Blackwell’s mild-mannered insanity or Ms. Celik’s infectious disdain. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Gone Missing,’ Now a Poignant Reminder of a Life Cut Short," 12 July 2018 Fractures emerged when Cuccinelli outmaneuvered more mild-mannered Bolling for the 2013 gubernatorial nomination. Washington Post, "With Corey Stewart atop the ticket, Virginia Republicans are in turmoil," 2 July 2018 Some argue that the campaign has become overzealous and ill-mannered. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Mumbai’s plastic ban carries costly fines and jail sentences for offenders," 26 June 2018 In this comedy a mild-mannered Henry accidentally picks up a briefcase full of money? Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what to do in Louisville: Go after-hours at the Speed or dance at a masquerade," 14 Feb. 2018 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

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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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