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  1. having or showing good manners; courteous; polite.
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  1. with good manners; courteously; politely.
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Origin of mannerly

First recorded in 1325–75, mannerly is from the Middle English word manerly. See manner1, -ly
Related formsman·ner·li·ness, noun
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Related Words for mannerly

charming, civil, civilized, considerate, courteous, decorous, genteel, gracious, polished, refined, respectful, well-bred, well-mannered

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Historical Examples of mannerly

  • Mr. Havill had lapsed into a mannerly silence that was only sullenness disguised.

    A Laodicean

    Thomas Hardy

  • Aunt Lindie had sharp ears and young folks had to be mannerly in her house.

  • Although trustful and friendly, they were reserved and mannerly.

  • Otherwise I would remind you that it is not mannerly to eat and run.


    Grace May North

  • The nabob, who was mannerly, went to speak to the aunts and find them seats.

British Dictionary definitions for mannerly


  1. well-mannered; polite; courteous
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  1. rare with good manners; politely; courteously
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Derived Formsmannerliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mannerly


"well-mannered, seemly, modest," late 14c., from manner (n.) + -ly (1). As an adverb, "in accord with custom; becomingly" (mid-14c.); later "in accord with good manners" (c.1400). Related: Mannerliness.

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