manner

noun
man·​ner | \ ˈma-nər How to pronounce manner (audio) \

Definition of manner

1a(1) : a characteristic or customary mode of acting : custom stopped to speak, after the manner of the country— Ellen Glasgow
(2) : a mode of procedure or way of acting : fashion responded in a lively manner
(3) : method of artistic execution (see execution sense 1) or mode of presentation : style offers plenty of room for many jazz manners Wilder Hobson
b manners plural : social conduct or rules of conduct as shown in the prevalent customs Victorian manners
c : characteristic or distinctive bearing (see bearing sense 1), air, or deportment his poised gracious manner
d manners plural
(1) : habitual conduct or deportment : behavior mind your manners
(2) : good manners Someone should teach you some manners.
e : a distinguished or stylish air taught to acquire a manner suitable to her station
2a : kind, sort what manner of man is he
b : kinds, sorts all manner of problems
to the manner born
: fitted by or as if by birth or rearing to a particular position, role, or status was not to the manner born, and did not go to prep schools or to an Ivy League school— Peter Tryell

Other Words from manner

mannerless \ ˈma-​nər-​ləs How to pronounce manner (audio) \ adjective

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bearing, deportment, demeanor, mien, manner, carriage mean the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture. a woman of regal bearing deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training. your deportment was atrocious demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior. the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor. a mien of supreme self-satisfaction manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others. the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking. the kind of carriage learned at boarding school

method, mode, manner, way, fashion, system mean the means taken or procedure followed in achieving an end. method implies an orderly logical arrangement usually in steps. effective teaching methods mode implies an order or course followed by custom, tradition, or personal preference. the preferred mode of transportation manner is close to mode but may imply a procedure or method that is individual or distinctive. an odd manner of conducting way is very general and may be used for any of the preceding words. has her own way of doing things fashion may suggest a peculiar or characteristic way of doing something. rushing about in his typical fashion system suggests a fully developed or carefully formulated method often emphasizing rational orderliness. a filing system

Examples of manner in a Sentence

She has a very forceful manner of speaking. I objected to the manner in which the decision was made. Some people have no manners. Someone should teach you some manners! He forgot his manners and reached across the table for the salt. He painted this picture in his early manner. See More
Recent Examples on the Web But without the blanket protection once provided by Roe, physicians in these states may not be able to provide appropriate care in a timely manner. Wired, 7 Aug. 2022 And Jones’ injury happened in such a commonplace manner, doing something seemingly so innocuous, that Hazen wound up vocalizing it in a sort of dumbfounded way. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 Specialised workshops, all of which take place on-site amidst the bustle of the Swiss festival, cover everything from pitching, writing texts, navigating through the world of industry and filing copy in a timely manner. Christopher Small, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 When government fails to do the previously mentioned, interest rates need to be adjusted in a timely manner before inflation starts. Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2022 Personally, my phone's primary purpose is that notifications for things like texts and emails arrive in a timely manner, so this is a big deal-breaker. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 3 Aug. 2022 The report released Tuesday showed that the work of the high risk team meant that offenders were almost twice as likely to be arrested in a timely manner and police were more likely to conduct follow-up investigations to collect additional evidence. Elliot Hughes, Journal Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2022 Sylvester said that the county attorney, Brian Lester, has such a workload that requests for legal advice and assistance have not been handled in a timely manner. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 27 July 2022 One reason why financial assets sold off in such a correlated manner over the last quarter because of the impact of all the asset buying on the discount factor. Vineer Bhansali, Forbes, 2 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of manner

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for manner

Middle English manere, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *manuaria, from Latin, feminine of manuarius of the hand, from manus hand — more at manual

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manner

noun
man·​ner | \ ˈma-nər How to pronounce manner (audio) \

Kids Definition of manner

1 : the way something is done or happens She worked in a quick manner.
2 : a way of acting He has a gentle manner.
3 manners plural : behavior toward or in the presence of other people They have good manners in a restaurant.
4 : sort entry 1 sense 1 … all manner of stories were told about it …— C. S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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