- 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
Definition for manner (2 of 2)
noun Old English Law.
Examples from the Web for manner
He declared that Western women are sexually promiscuous in a manner not even found in the natural world.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West|IranWire, Shima Sharabi|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We know that the skies are open season for all manner of drone traffic, from missile launchers to beer droppers.
“Defendant moved his hands in a manner so as to avoid the application of handcuffs to his wrists,” the complaint says.
The two institutions, prison and hospital, sit side by side in the best English manner.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They “hook up” in a manner that makes the casual sex of the 1960s seem like an arranged marriage in Oman.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham|P. J. O’Rourke|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I knew in what manner patients were treated at the hospital, and removal thither was to the last degree abhorred.Arthur Mervyn|Charles Brockden Brown
In depicting the manner of this education Dickens rather overshoots the mark.Victorian Worthies|George Henry Blore
The yolk arises, in the manner described by Gegenbaur, in ova of about 0.06 mm.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1|Francis Maitland Balfour
She came forward as Mrs. Vanderstein entered, and her manner showed some excitement.Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels|Mrs. Charles Bryce
O my dear sisters, truly Eve hath many daughters who imitate their mother, who answer in this manner.A Literary History of the English People|Jean Jules Jusserand
British Dictionary definitions for manner
Word Origin for manner
Word Origin and History 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."
Idioms and Phrases with manner
see all kinds (manner of); by all (manner of) means; company manners; in a manner of speaking; to the manner born.