- a way of doing, being done, or happening; mode of action, occurrence, etc.: I don't like the manner in which he complained.
- the prevailing customs, ways of living, and habits of a people, class, period, etc.; mores: The novels of Jane Austen are concerned with the manners of her time.
- ways of behaving with reference to polite standards; social comportment: That child has good manners.
- a person's outward bearing; way of speaking to and treating others: She has a charming manner.
- characteristic or customary way of doing, making, saying, etc.: houses built in the 19th-century manner.
- air of distinction: That old gentleman had quite a manner.
- (used with a singular or plural verb) kind; sort: What manner of man is he? All manner of things were happening.
- characteristic style in art, literature, or the like: verses in the manner of Spenser.
- nature; character.
- guise; fashion.
- 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,
- accustomed by birth to a high position: He was a gentleman to the manner born.
- used to a particular custom, activity, or role from birth.
Origin of manner1
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Related Wordsbearing, protocol, mores, taste, culture, polish, ceremony, politesse, mien, decorum, carriage, elegance, comportment, conduct, breeding, urbanity, sophistication, refinement, courtesy, etiquette
Examples from the Web for manners
“Personally, I deal with manners of righteousness and God,” he says.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
The beauty of a woman is not just in her appearance but in her manners, gestures, the way she looks at you.16 Questions for the ‘Real-Life Barbie,’ Valeria Lukyanova
August 5, 2013
The comedy of manners is performed by a cast of French high-society characters.This Week’s Hot Reads: February 25, 2013
G. Clay Whittaker
February 25, 2013
He is also a skillful satirist, often playing himself—a character in his own comedy of manners.Alec Baldwin’s Twitter Troubles
April 17, 2012
He is well received everywhere for his manners are good and agreeable.The Scandal of Madame X
May 22, 2011
Cornelius had been taught—and had learned nothing but manners.Weighed and Wanting
Bad as those manners are in many respects, they are better than no manners at all.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
She has the fascination of great pride and the magic of manners.The Man Shakespeare
Nothing as to the manners of the times can be inferred from this freak of an individual.Old News
Of some of their manners and morals it is impossible to write.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- 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
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."
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.