Definition of mannerism
1a : exaggerated or affected (see affected 1) adherence to a particular style or manner : artificiality, preciosity refined almost to the point of mannerism — Winthrop Sargeantb 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.
manneristplay \-rist\ noun or adjective
manneristicplay \ˌma-nə-ˈris-tik\ adjective
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 of mannerism from the Web
This production would work better without its time warp, and also without layering on stereotypes and mannerisms too thickly in the behind-the-scenes scenes.
Jewish actor Robyn Eli Brenner, 22, says that with so many writers in the theater being Jewish, many times characters in musicals often have Jewish characteristics or mannerisms.
To prepare, Shipp spent months immersing himself in 2Pac music videos and interviews, recording tapes of himself mimicking Shakur's voice and mannerisms.
TUPAC HEADS TO COURT Shipp pored over hours of Shakur footage to nail his mannerisms and to gain insight into the rapper’s most trying moments.
Flynn sees similar mannerisms and running style with Maddie, who also started this season for the Kougars in basketball after coming off the bench last season as a freshman.
Moore can lay on Wimsey’s fussy, foppish mannerisms awfully thick as well, like a dandy in an old drawing room comedy rather than a gentleman of true substance.
Curtain Call: Enos portrayed all of the characters in his story, adjusting his mannerisms, expressions and intonation to clarify who was speaking.
Like many women with autism, Gravino often masked her social difficulties by adopting the mannerisms of neurotypical women.
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First Known Use of mannerism
Synonym Discussion of mannerism
MANNERISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mannerism for English Language Learners
: a person's particular way of talking or moving
MANNERISM Defined for Kids
Definition of mannerism for Students
: a habit (as of looking or moving in a certain way) that occurs commonly in a person's behavior
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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