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

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Other Words from manner

mannerless \ ˈma-​nər-​ləs How to pronounce mannerless (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.
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Policing today already exhibits all manner of disparities (particularly racial). Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Axon, the maker of police body cams, won’t pursue facial recognition as a business," 27 June 2019 Brown and Hawley are hardly alone in sharing their website visitors’ data with Facebook in this manner. Hamdan Azhar, WIRED, "Politicians Don't Trust Facebook—Unless They're Campaigning," 26 June 2019 Wall Street Journal members expressed doubts about Lego reducing its carbon footprint in this manner, even if the toy maker succeeds in the lab. Anne Michaud, WSJ, "Lego’s Quest to Make Plant-Based Toy Bricks Is Met With Skepticism," 21 June 2019 Communities all over the region are ready to let loose with parades, fireworks, concerts, fun runs, costumed events, watermelon eating contests, pancake breakfasts and all manner of quintessential American fun. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "July 4th 2019: Here are the SF Bay Area’s parades, fireworks and more," 20 June 2019 More than one nursery carried thatching rakes, and every spring, before the grass would even green up, people would be out there bagging up all manner of dead grass. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "How to make your lilacs bloom like crazy next summer," 20 June 2019 In this manner, a carbon tax would spark an explosion of emissions-reducing R&D throughout all sectors and industries. John Sweeney, National Review, "Could a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax Be the First Step to Fight Climate Change?," 19 June 2019 The historian Donald Sassoon has argued that much of the painting’s modern global iconic status rests on its widespread reproduction and use in all manner of advertising. Susan Broomhall, Quartzy, "The secret to the Mona Lisa’s enduring allure," 15 June 2019 This interoperability defence would have to shield digital toolsmiths from all manner of claims: tortious interference, bypassing copyright locks, patent infringement and, of course, violating terms of service. The Economist, "Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead," 6 June 2019

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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

English Language Learners Definition of manner

somewhat formal : the way that something is done or happens
: the way that a person normally behaves especially while with other people
: behavior while with other people

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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