• Manner


    • RP IPA: /ˈmænÉ™/
    • GenAm IPA: /ˈmænÉš/
    • Hyphenation: man + ner
    • Homophones: manor, manna


    From Anglo-Norman manere, from Old French maniere, from Vulgar Latin *manaria, from feminine of Latin manuarius ("belonging to the hand"), from manus ("hand")

    Full definition of manner



    (plural manners)
    1. Mode of action; way of performing or effecting anything; method; style; form; fashion.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)The treacherous manner of his mournful death.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, The Mirror and the Lamp Chapter 15, Edward Churchill still attended to his work in a hopeless mechanical manner like a sleep-walker who walks safely on a well-known round. But his Roman collar galled him, his cossack stifled him, his biretta was as uncomfortable as a merry-andrew's cap and bells.
    2. Characteristic mode of acting, conducting, carrying one's self; bearing; habitual style.
      His natural manner makes him seem like the boss.
    3. Customary method of acting; habit.
      These people have strange manners.
    4. Carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming behavior; well-bred carriage and address.
      • 1922, Ben Travers, A Cuckoo in the Nest Chapter 6, But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.
    5. The style of writing or thought of an author; characteristic peculiarity of an artist.
    6. Certain degree or measure.
      It is in a manner done already.
    7. Sort; kind; style.
      All manner of persons participate.
    8. Standards of conduct cultured and product of mind.
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