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
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.
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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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