- the prevailing customs, ways of living, and habits of a people, class, period, etc.; mores: The novels of Jane Austen are concerned with the manners of her time.
- ways of behaving with reference to polite standards; social comportment: That child has good manners.
- nature; character.
- guise; fashion.
- accustomed by birth to a high position: He was a gentleman to the manner born.
- used to a particular custom, activity, or role from birth.
Origin of manner1
Synonyms for manner
Word Origin for manner
c.1200, "kind, sort, variety," from Anglo-French manere, Old French maniere "fashion, method, manner, way; appearance, bearing; custom" (12c., Modern French manière), from Vulgar Latin *manaria (source of Spanish manera, Portuguese maneira, Italian maniera), from fem. of Latin manuarius "belonging to the hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)). The French word was borrowed by other Germanic languages, e.g. Dutch manier, German manier, Swedish maner.
Meaning "customary practice" is from c.1300. Senses of "way of doing something; a personal habit or way of doing; way of conducting oneself toward others" are from c.1300. Meaning "specific nature, form, way something happens" is mid-14c. Of literature from 1660s. Most figurative meanings derive from the original sense "method of handling" which was extended when the word was used to translate Latin modus "method." Phrase manner of speaking is recorded from 1530s. To the manner born ("Hamlet" I iv.15) generally is used incorrectly and means "destined by birth to be subject to the custom."
in a manner of speaking
In a way; so to speak. For example, He was, in a manner of speaking, asked to leave the group. [Late 1800s]
see all kinds (manner of); by all (manner of) means; company manners; in a manner of speaking; to the manner born.