mannerism

noun
man·​ner·​ism | \ ˈma-nə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce mannerism (audio) \

Definition of mannerism

1a : exaggerated or affected (see affected entry 2 sense 1) adherence to a particular style or manner : artificiality, preciosity refined almost to the point of mannerism— Winthrop Sargeant
b often capitalized : an art style in late 16th century Europe characterized by spatial incongruity and excessive elongation of the human figures
2 : a characteristic and often unconscious mode or peculiarity of action, bearing, or treatment The actor can mimic the President's mannerisms perfectly.

Other Words from mannerism

mannerist \ ˈma-​nə-​rist How to pronounce mannerism (audio) \ noun or adjective
manneristic \ ˌma-​nə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce mannerism (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for mannerism

pose, air, airs, affectation, mannerism mean an adopted way of speaking or behaving. pose implies an attitude deliberately assumed in order to impress others. her shyness was just a pose air may suggest natural acquirement through environment or way of life. a traveler's sophisticated air airs always implies artificiality and pretentiousness. snobbish airs affectation applies to a trick of speech or behavior that strikes the observer as insincere. the posh accent is an affectation mannerism applies to an acquired eccentricity that has become a habit. gesturing with a cigarette was her most noticeable mannerism

Examples of mannerism in a Sentence

The actor can mimic the President's mannerisms perfectly. quirky mannerisms such as toying with her hair and tapping her toes
Recent Examples on the Web Both tendencies were hallmarks of 16th-century mannerism, the style that prevailed during El Greco’s lifetime. Washington Post, 29 June 2022 To prepare for the technologically advanced form of entertainment, ABBA spent five weeks performing all 22 songs in the 90-minute setlist in order to capture every mannerism for the digital concert, according to People. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 26 May 2022 But over time, Mamet’s trademark style calcified into mannerism. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2022 Murray does better by Jean, exuding apt superciliousness even in posture and mannerism. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 In Brazil the handheld becomes a mannerism, as if the camera then had the sensibility of a character. Emiliano Granada, Variety, 21 Feb. 2022 The flamboyant late Renaissance style of art known in English as mannerism has gone out of fashion more than once. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 The musicians spent five weeks performing all 22 songs in the 90-minute setlist in order for their crew to capture every mannerism and motion with performance capture techniques. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 3 Dec. 2021 The musicians spent five weeks performing all 22 songs in the 90-minute setlist in order for their crew to capture every mannerism and motion with performance capture techniques. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mannerism

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Mannerism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mannerism. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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mannerism

noun
man·​ner·​ism | \ ˈma-nə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce mannerism (audio) \

Kids Definition of mannerism

: a habit (as of looking or moving in a certain way) that occurs commonly in a person's behavior

mannerism

noun
man·​ner·​ism | \ ˈman-ə-ˌriz-əm How to pronounce mannerism (audio) \

Medical Definition of mannerism

: a characteristic and often unconscious mode or peculiarity of action, bearing, or treatment especially : any pointless and compulsive activity performed repeatedly

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