mannerly

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

Definition of mannerly

: showing good manners

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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, The Mercury News, 21 Sep. 2019 Poured tableside, the shellfish broth flows in a khaki cascade from the spout of an orange kettle, landing in a shallow bowl with a mannerly splish. Fortune, 11 Aug. 2019 The photographer Mia Warren and her teenage daughter Pearl live a freewheeling lifestyle that excites and intimidates the Richardsons, a clan of six led by the mannerly Elena. The Atlantic, 28 June 2019 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, 23 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of mannerly

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

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“Mannerly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mannerly. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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mannerly

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

Kids Definition of mannerly

: showing good manners

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