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[man-er-lis] /ˈmæn ər lɪs/
without good manners; ill-mannered; discourteous; impolite.
Origin of mannerless
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, mannerless is from the late Middle English word manerles. See manner1, -less
Related forms
mannerlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mannerless
Historical Examples
  • Could I make this mannerless child understand his possibilities?

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • I have no hesitation in declaring, in the face of all mankind, that they are a set of mannerless scoundrels.

  • The prevalent idea that the American hotel clerk is a mannerless despot is, me judice, rather too severe.

    The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
  • Alas, waxen-faced men lying silent and mannerless under glass covers.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • Certainly, in New York, we are too vain of our bustle to realize how mannerless and motiveless it is.

  • They all three sat, without speaking again, in the mannerless silence of Americans.

    An Open-Eyed Conspiracy W. D. Howells
  • Vane's position put him above possibility of affront by Wantage in even the most arrogant and mannerless of the latter's moods.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • However, the few Quakers in the throng took no offence, and I presently nudged my mannerless comrades into a snickering silence.

    Cardigan Robert W. Chambers
  • One wonders what had been the result if some mannerless reformer had declined his assailant's invitation and drawn his sword.

    A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley
  • Then Madame Garnier remarked, "The little girl is quite pretty, though so mannerless."

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
British Dictionary definitions for mannerless


having bad manners; boorish
Derived Forms
mannerlessness, noun
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