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  1. having manners as specified (usually used in combination): ill-mannered people.
  2. having distinctive mannerisms; affected: a mannered walk.
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Origin of mannered

First recorded in 1350–1400, mannered is from the Middle English word manered. See manner1, -ed3
Related formsnon·man·nered, adjectiveo·ver·man·nered, adjective
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  1. having idiosyncrasies or mannerisms; affectedmannered gestures
  2. of or having mannerisms of style, as in art or literature
  3. (in combination) having manners as specifiedill-mannered
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Word Origin and History for mannered


mid-15c., "having manners" of one kind or another, from manner. Later, especially, "well-mannered." Cf. mannerable "well-mannered" (late 15c.).

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