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

Examples of mannered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the step-over crossed the line for usually mild-mannered Bucks guard Khris Middleton, who had to be pulled away after getting in Griffin's face. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2021 In this mild-mannered sport, bad blood was recently generated by a pair of golf spikes, an extended eye roll and a heavy sigh. New York Times, 27 May 2021 Not to be confused with the relatively mild-mannered 272-hp TLX introduced last year, the Type S brings back Acura's high-performance line. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 20 May 2021 More specifically, well-dressed, well-spoken, and well-mannered., 21 May 2021 The young woman in the story is dark-haired, shy, and well-mannered. Beth Thames |, al, 12 May 2021 In an increasingly tired era where heroes are relentlessly cheerful and clever, the mild-mannered Ethan Winters stands out among the crowd, the kind of man who peers into hell and puts on a brave face no one can see, not even himself. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 But that was before the mild-mannered professor arrived at his daughter’s school in Santa Monica one afternoon this week and found a group of anti-maskers waving signs and shouting conspiracy theories at parents and students. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Attempting to save his neighborhood from greedy property investors, the mild-mannered Omar becomes a community superhero, joining a group of other young people who have their own useful skill sets. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of mannered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mannered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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