man·​ner·​ly | \ ˈma-nər-lē How to pronounce mannerly (audio) \

Definition of mannerly

: showing good manners

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Other Words from mannerly

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

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Gard’s lieutenant, the mannerly Margareta Bӧttiger, then a physician and young mother who was earning her Ph.D., had the unenviable task of approaching Mrs. X’s physician to gather her health history. Gavin Francis, The New York Review of Books, "The Value of a Cell," 23 May 2019 Hitting the start button brings the willing and mannerly turbo to life, and tugging on the drive button gets you on your way. Al Haas,, "Redesigned GMC Terrain Denali offers style, space, agility | Al Haas," 10 Apr. 2018 The deeply colored, solidly built and anise-accented Yorba Wines 2012 Amador County Shake Ridge Vineyard Barbera ($32) is a grand yet mannerly representative of one of the more adventurous vineyards in the foothills. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Cooper’s vineyards continue to provide grapes for state’s best barberas," 26 Sep. 2017 Despite such graciousness, Elia, 79, stands as a reminder that baseball life on the North Side of Chicago was not always so sweet or mannerly. Filip Bondy, New York Times, "The Day a Cubs Manager Told Fans at Wrigley to Get a Job," 27 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of mannerly

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mannerly was circa 1529

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English Language Learners Definition of mannerly

formal + literary : behaving politely while with other people : showing good manners


man·​ner·​ly | \ ˈma-nər-lē How to pronounce mannerly (audio) \

Kids Definition of mannerly

: showing good manners

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