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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mannered

Contemporary Examples of mannered

  • “Rails” and “lacerate,” two other words swiftly elected for pillory, were classic Tejpal, overblown, mannered, theatrical.

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    The Fall of India’s Conscience

    Tunku Varadarajan

    November 25, 2013

  • I think she writes too much about herself, not enough about actual policy, and is too mannered.

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    The Dowd Imbroglio

    Michael Tomasky

    September 17, 2012

  • To a Frenchman whose name even now is unknown to most of Earth, who gave a mannered, non-vocal performance.

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    Why George Clooney Will Lose to Jean Dujardin

    Richard Rushfield

    February 24, 2012

Historical Examples of mannered

British Dictionary definitions for mannered



having idiosyncrasies or mannerisms; affectedmannered gestures
of or having mannerisms of style, as in art or literature
(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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