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

Allison, a mild-mannered and moderate business attorney, could also face an opponent from the right. Dylan Mcguinness,, "Texas House race in San Antonio could have statewide implications as Democrats work to win majority," 8 Aug. 2019 When, in 1971, Kenner brought out The Pound Era, Buckley ordered 48 copies for Christmas gifts, demonstrating both his friendship and considerable faith in a book that was initially ignored by reviewers or lambasted as mannered and overwrought. Michael Dirda, National Review, "The Exhilarating Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner," 25 July 2019 Gwen Loeb is wonderfully funny as a foppish courtier and as rough-mannered country worker Audrey, with whom Touchstone strikes up a romance. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Charming SF Shakes’ ‘As You Like It’ has a secret musical weapon," 10 July 2019 Ditto for the mild-mannered, ambitious anthropology grad student, Josh (The Good Place's William Jackson Harper, aka Chidi), whose desire to document the holy book and rituals of the cult leads him to breach their rules. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Midsommar is a slasher film with artsy ambitions that doesn’t quite work," 4 July 2019 The film starts with a promising premise, and Jones lays out the details of his main character in a careful, mannered fashion. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "‘Tomorrow Man’ script fails fascinating characters, but Danner, Lithgow shine," 6 June 2019 Sweet, spicy, fruity and jammy, mango chutney is a powerhouse ingredient common in Indian cuisine that can liven up even the most mild-mannered of dishes. America's Test Kitchen,, "Spice your turkey burgers up with some mango chutney," 18 June 2019 Country singers are not all well-mannered folks with southern charm. Fox News, "9 of country music's most shocking moments," 4 Oct. 2018 For some fans, the famously mild-mannered Clark Kent — who was introduced to U.S. audiences in the 1930s as the heroic and otherworldly Superman — may not exactly be a symbol of diversity. NBC News, "Drawing on family stories, creators craft new generation of Asian-American superheroes," 26 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mannered.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of mannered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mannered

Dictionary Entries near mannered








Statistics for mannered

Last Updated

15 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for mannered

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for mannered



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on mannered

Spanish Central: Translation of mannered

Nglish: Translation of mannered for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of mannered for Arabic Speakers

Comments on mannered

What made you want to look up mannered? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


of or relating to the heavens

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!