man·​ner·​ly ˈma-nər-lē How to pronounce mannerly (audio)
: showing good manners
mannerliness noun
mannerly adverb

Examples of mannerly in a Sentence

When he was a child, he was quiet and mannerly. a mannerly child is welcome everywhere
Recent Examples on the Web Remember that not all breeds are suited to all lifestyles, and some German dog breeds require a firm hand to encourage mannerly behavior. 1 Schnauzer Known for its spirited intelligence, this breed has long had a job to do on family farms as ratters, herders, guardians, and hunters. Arricca Elin Sansone, Woman's Day, 23 Mar. 2023 Any suggestions for a mannerly approach? Miss Manners | Judith Martin, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2023 After a few minutes of gorging itself on red and green cupcake frosting, the bear eventually went on its merry way, this time making a mannerly exit through an open door to the backyard. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 26 June 2014 The last few years weren’t exactly a mannerly period of polite disagreement in our national life. Rich Lowry, National Review, 2 Nov. 2021 At the previous debate, Mr. Biden quickly abandoned mannerly efforts to draw contrasts with her, and other high-polling rivals had until Tuesday largely refrained from issuing piercing criticism onstage. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2019 Waiting for a reasonable amount of time before politely excusing yourself and walking away is, in fact, the adult and mannerly thing to do. Judith Martin, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mannerly was circa 1529

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“Mannerly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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man·​ner·​ly ˈman-ər-lē How to pronounce mannerly (audio)
: showing good manners : polite
mannerliness noun
mannerly adverb

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