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[man-er-lee] /ˈmæn ər li/
having or showing good manners; courteous; polite.
with good manners; courteously; politely.
Origin of mannerly
First recorded in 1325-75, mannerly is from the Middle English word manerly. See manner1, -ly
Related forms
mannerliness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mannerly
Historical Examples
  • Mr. Havill had lapsed into a mannerly silence that was only sullenness disguised.

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • Aunt Lindie had sharp ears and young folks had to be mannerly in her house.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • Although trustful and friendly, they were reserved and mannerly.

  • Otherwise I would remind you that it is not mannerly to eat and run.

    Sisters Grace May North
  • The nabob, who was mannerly, went to speak to the aunts and find them seats.

  • A woman's world was so polite, so mannerly, so remembering of all the social amenities.

    Thy Name Is Woman Bryce Walton
  • You are so very pretty, my dear, so good and so mannerly, that I cannot help giving you a gift.

  • Why should she not set you a mannerly example, giving me welcome?

    The Happy Hypocrite Max Beerbohm
  • I liked the way she smiled, and I liked her obedient, mannerly bearing.

    The Crock of Gold James Stephens
  • The fiddle was there in the middle, and the harp answering to it; and twelve mannerly women to bring my love to his bed.

British Dictionary definitions for mannerly


well-mannered; polite; courteous
(rare) with good manners; politely; courteously
Derived Forms
mannerliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mannerly

"well-mannered, seemly, modest," late 14c., from manner (n.) + -ly (1). As an adverb, "in accord with custom; becomingly" (mid-14c.); later "in accord with good manners" (c.1400). Related: Mannerliness.

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