man·​ner | \ˈma-nər \

Definition of manner 

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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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mannerless \ˈma-​nər-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for manner

Synonyms: Noun

etiquette, form, mores, proprieties

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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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This year, the website said a security researcher discovered an FTP server was configured in a similar manner and accidentally exposed the details of more than 200,000 patients. Jack Gillum And Jeff Kao, Ars Technica, "File-sharing software on state election servers could expose them to intruders," 5 Nov. 2018 At the WellChild Awards last month, the prince was spotted caressing his wife's back in a similar manner. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were So Touchy-Feely at Today's Royal Engagement," 3 Oct. 2018 In this manner John McCain 's name became synonymous with an America that reached out to oblige the powerful to be loyal and give hope to the oppressed. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Henry Kissinger's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 And in a similar manner, his signature accessory is a way to shine light on the style of this era. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Jamaican Reggae Star Protoje on the Dying Art of Rasta Crowns," 16 July 2018 Men and women have fought and bled for that flag and to use it in this manner is beyond disrespectful. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Public art or defaced flag? KU art series draws ire from governor, other politicians," 11 July 2018 Christopher Kuhagen/Now News Group MUSKEGO - In an era when body cameras worn by patrol officers are becoming more common, the idea of equipping a police dog in a similar manner might not seem surprising. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Muskego police implement unique body cam for its K9, thanks to efforts of local group," 18 June 2018 Hixon and his team worked under the assumption that the hats were all produced in a similar manner and placed on the moai using the same technique. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Clever Way the Easter Island Statues Got Hats," 13 June 2018 Medications used in humans have the same or similar effects in dogs and cats because the nervous systems of animals and humans operate in a similar manner. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Put your pooch on Prozac? Yes, drugs sometimes can be helpful," 6 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of manner

: the way that something is done or happens

: the way that a person normally behaves especially while with other people

manners : behavior while with other people


man·​ner | \ˈma-nər \

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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