by all manner of means, by all means; certainly.
    by no manner of means, under no circumstances; by no means; certainly not: She was by no manner of means a frivolous person.
    in a manner, so to speak; after a fashion; somewhat.
    in a manner of speaking, in a way; as it were; so to speak: We were, in a manner of speaking, babes in the woods.
    to the manner born,
    1. accustomed by birth to a high position: He was a gentleman to the manner born.
    2. used to a particular custom, activity, or role from birth.

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
Can be confusedmanna manner manor

Synonyms for manner

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.



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pl n

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



a way of doing or being
a person's bearing and behaviourshe had a cool manner
the style or customary way of doing or accomplishing somethingsculpture in the Greek manner
type or kindwhat manner of man is this?
mannered style, as in art; mannerism
by all manner of means certainly; of course
by no manner of means definitely nothe was by no manner of means a cruel man
in a manner of speaking in a way; so to speak
to the manner born naturally fitted to a specified role or activity
See also manners

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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Word Origin and History for manners

"external behavior (especially polite behavior) in social intercourse," late 14c., plural of manner.

Under bad manners, as under graver faults, lies very commonly an overestimate of our special individuality, as distinguished from our generic humanity. [Oliver W. Holmes, "The Professor at the Breakfast Table," 1858]

Earlier it meant "moral character" (early 13c.).



c.1200, "kind, sort, variety," from Anglo-French manere, Old French maniere "fashion, method, manner, way; appearance, bearing; custom" (12c., Modern French manière), from Vulgar Latin *manaria (source of Spanish manera, Portuguese maneira, Italian maniera), from fem. of Latin manuarius "belonging to the hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)). The French word was borrowed by other Germanic languages, e.g. Dutch manier, German manier, Swedish maner.

Meaning "customary practice" is from c.1300. Senses of "way of doing something; a personal habit or way of doing; way of conducting oneself toward others" are from c.1300. Meaning "specific nature, form, way something happens" is mid-14c. Of literature from 1660s. Most figurative meanings derive from the original sense "method of handling" which was extended when the word was used to translate Latin modus "method." Phrase manner of speaking is recorded from 1530s. To the manner born ("Hamlet" I iv.15) generally is used incorrectly and means "destined by birth to be subject to the custom."

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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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