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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Elizabeth Warren, Candidate With the Plans, Needed One for All the Incoming Attacks," 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, "Miss Manners: Work conversations take precedence, even if started rudely," 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, "Miss Manners: I was interrupted and ignored, and now I’m offended," 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, "Restaurant Review: Iceland’s Slippurinn Is an Ephemeral Culinary Destination," 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, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 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, "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

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First Known Use of mannerly

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

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“Mannerly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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