[ man-er ]
/ ˈmæn ər /



Origin of manner

1125–75; Middle English manere < Anglo-French; Old French maniereVulgar Latin *manuāria, noun use of feminine of manuārius handy, convenient (Latin: of, pertaining to the hand). See manus, -er2


1 method.
3 demeanor, deportment. Manner, air, bearing all refer to one's outward aspect or behavior. Manner applies to a distinctive mode of behavior, or social attitude toward others, etc.: a gracious manner. Air applies to outward appearance insofar as this is distinctive or indicative: an air of martyrdom. Airs imply affectation: to put on airs. Bearing applies especially to carriage: a noble bearing.
4 mode, fashion, style; habit, custom.

Can be confused

manna manner manor

Definition for manners (2 of 2)


[ man-er ]
/ ˈmæn ər /

noun Old English Law. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manners (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmænəz) /

pl n

social conducthe has the manners of a pig
a socially acceptable way of behaving

British Dictionary definitions for manners (2 of 2)


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Word Origin for manner

C12: via Norman French from Old French maniere, from Vulgar Latin manuāria (unattested) a way of handling something, noun use of Latin manuārius belonging to the hand, from manus hand
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Idioms and Phrases with manners


see all kinds (manner of); by all (manner of) means; company manners; in a manner of speaking; to the manner born.

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