- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR manner
Idioms about manner
- 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.
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MANNER VS. MANOR
What’s the difference between manner and manor?
The word manner means a way of doing something, as in Please exit the building in an orderly manner. The plural form manners refers to polite ways of behaving. A manor is a mansion or the main house of an estate.
Both words are always used as nouns, and they are pronounced exactly the same.
Manner has a few different meanings, but they mostly all relate to how things are done or how someone behaves.
The word manor once commonly referred to an estate (the tract of land itself), but it eventually came to refer to the large house on the estate. Still, a house that you’d call a manor is usually a big mansion surrounded by a lot of land.
For example, the mansion where Bruce Wayne lives is called Wayne Manor. A good way to remember the spelling is to ask the question: Who lives in Wayne Manor—is it Batman or Bruce Wayne?
As for how to remember the spelling of manner, just remember that it would be not nice to spell it without two n’s (just downright impolite, really).
Here’s an example of manor and manner used correctly in a sentence.
Example: The grounds of the manor were decorated in a stately manner, with beautiful gardens and hedges.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between manner and manor.
Quiz yourself on manner vs. manor!
Should manner or manor be used in the following sentence?
Actors often develop a unique _____ of speaking for the character they are playing.
How to use manner in a sentence
“That hamstrings us and prevents us from being able to stand up clinics in a more timely manner to address and meet the concerns of local residents,” Gayles told the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors.Leaders in Washington region ask FEMA for help in vaccinating federal workers|Julie Zauzmer, Rachel Chason, Rebecca Tan|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Obviously, people crash in all manner of ways and at speeds slower and faster than 11 to 14 miles per hour.The Trek WaveCel Helmet Lawsuit, Explained|Joe Lindsey|February 10, 2021|Outside Online
Schottenheimer, who had a reserved manner, was seldom quotable or colorful in public.Marty Schottenheimer, one of the NFL’s winningest coaches, dies at 77|Matt Schudel|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
On the first page of the ethics manual that each member is given, the representatives are advised that they are expected to “conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House.”Marjorie Taylor Greene and her crock-of-bile tears|Karen Tumulty|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
By offering puts and calls and all manner of other fancy derivative contracts, Wall Street makes it possible for investors to wager much more money on each company than the company is actually worth.GameStop mania exposes SEC’s failure as regulator|Steven Pearlstein|January 30, 2021|Washington Post
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.Meet Our Animal Robot Overlords|James Joiner|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both Edgar and Julio shared the same smile and light-hearted manner that I remembered and appreciated from years ago.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar|Daniel Levin|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Coren, a striking blond with an authoritative manner and a deep voice, stayed with the story all night and well into the next day.CNN's Overnight Sydney Star|Lloyd Grove|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Defendant moved his hands in a manner so as to avoid the application of handcuffs to his wrists,” the complaint says.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop|Michael Daly|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I called it a spinet, because it somewhat resembled that instrument, and was played upon in the same manner.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
And once more, she found herself desiring to be like Janet--not only in appearance, but in soft manner and tone.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
That is the only point in which one sees Liszt's sense of his own greatness; otherwise his manner is remarkably unassuming.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Columbus found the natives of San Salvador smoking after this manner.
Not only are they required to do things in a proper orderly manner, but people have to treat them with due deference.Children's Ways|James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for manner
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Other 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.