Definition of manner in English:



  • 1A way in which a thing is done or happens.

    ‘taking notes in an unobtrusive manner’
    • ‘So if you are going to ask another group to allow you to play through them, do so in a courteous manner and at a convenient time in the round.’
    • ‘Conceivably the poem was written at the request of the victim's relatives, perhaps in the attempt to redeem a reputation sullied by the manner of his death.’
    • ‘In fact, schools hog the limelight, by celebrating the festival in a customary manner, involving children and teachers.’
    • ‘I took the photograph in an impromptu manner, the manner in which I take most of my photographs.’
    • ‘A venue as extraordinary as Kingston's Toilet Gallery could hardly celebrate its birthday in a conventional manner.’
    • ‘He believes, as should we all, that what is important is the life and work of our great writers, and not the manner of their death.’
    • ‘It would seem that not enough time has passed for the history of the very recent past to be told in a conventional manner.’
    • ‘When the police lodged a case against him recently, he and his supplicants reacted in the customary manner.’
    • ‘A number of the works on exhibit are drawings or collages done on paper in bright colored inks or pastels, which are framed in the conventional manner.’
    • ‘So, too, negligently failing to treat a patient is as culpable as doing so in a negligent manner, and if death results a manslaughter charge could be brought.’
    • ‘The detainee has notice of the grounds for his detention and an opportunity to be heard at a ‘meaningful time and in a meaningful manner.’’
    • ‘It seems this team don't like to do things in a conventional manner.’
    • ‘They brighten the streets and fasten the scenery together in the unobtrusive manner of true cultural icons.’
    • ‘The murder shocked the entire country because of the nature of the victim and the manner of his death.’
    • ‘While condemning it in the strongest terms, many Westerners admired the courage of women who went willingly to their death in such a manner.’
    • ‘Fortunately, individual lions can be dependably identified in an unobtrusive manner.’
    • ‘In response, Killeavy looked to their county star Steven McDonnell who, in his customary manner, pointed.’
    • ‘Most people never think about the manner of their death.’
    • ‘In a gruesome act of fate, the star famed for that role met her untimely death in a similar manner, but by accident, on December 8, 1971.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I'd listed my jobs from oldest to most recent - which is not the conventional manner.’
    way, fashion, mode, means, method, system, style, approach, technique, procedure, process, methodology, modus operandi, form, routine, practice
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    1. 1.1 A style in literature or art.
      ‘a dramatic poem in the manner of Goethe’
      • ‘It is largely devoted to an account of the battle of Actium, but tells it all in the manner of Callimachus, a style wholly unsuited to the subject-matter.’
      • ‘He departs agreeably from the normal procedures of the biographer, sometimes a little in the manner of The Quest for Corvo.’
      • ‘The Theatre Royal is to introduce another avenue for new writing in the Up Front showcases that will precede four mainhouse shows in the manner of film shorts in bygone cinema days.’
      • ‘The title is fashionably silly, in the manner of Flaubert's Parrot, while the subtitle suggests a thesis imperfectly converted into a book.’
      • ‘These new works are a bold push forward, and they show the artist entering into the world of storytelling in the manner of a heartsick troubadour.’
      • ‘Will you be working closely with artistic director Damian Cruden, in the manner of your predecessor, Ludo Keston?’
      • ‘They are inseparable; taboo love blossoms in the manner of Heavenly Creatures, yet all the while trouble is brewing and Considine is brooding.’
      • ‘In the manner of Giorgio Morandi, Gallego paints objects that become portraits of a time and place defying categorization.’
      • ‘Bollinger was ‘working’ in these pictures, but not in the manner of the other artists Fiore depicted.’
      • ‘It is as if Yeats, in the manner of the prophetic romantic artist, perceives the historical importance of that year as it happens.’
    2. 1.2Grammar mass noun A semantic category of adverbs and adverbials which answer the question ‘how?’
      ‘an adverb of manner’
      • ‘Some writers put an adverb of manner at the beginning of the sentence to catch our attention and make us curious.’
      • ‘There are adverbs of manner, adverbs of place, adverbs of frequency, adverbs of time and adverbs of purpose.’
      • ‘Should the linguistic category of ‘manner’ be restricted to semantico-grammatical phenomena?’
    3. 1.3manner ofarchaic A kind or sort.
      ‘what manner of man is he?’
      kind, sort, variety, class, category, classification, group, set, bracket, genre, genus, species, family, order, breed, race, strain
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  • 2A person's outward bearing or way of behaving towards others.

    ‘his arrogance and pompous manner’
    • ‘She probably had a pretty face to start with, but her manner and grace was quite a study in femininity.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly his manner towards Shackleton must have appeared quite subservient.’
    • ‘His characteristic manner soon brought customers from near and far and his perfectness in hair styling was always much admired.’
    demeanour, air, aspect, attitude, appearance, look, bearing, cast, deportment, behaviour, conduct
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  • 3mannersPolite or well-bred social behaviour.

    ‘didn't your mother teach you any manners?’
    • ‘When stealing money from financial institutions, he remembers his manners and is polite at all times to the victims of his raids.’
    • ‘I do not remember being trained in manners and respectful behaviour.’
    • ‘One learns active ritual as one learns manners.’
    • ‘There is no doubt manners and social graces are essential pillars to hold up our society.’
    • ‘It was odd; I never blushed, or had the courtesy to mind my manners, or even allow anyone to see this side of me.’
    • ‘As the article says, it is a plea for the value of manners and their civilizing influence.’
    • ‘Their language is formal and even when they are hostile to each other, manners and politeness reign.’
    • ‘Any doubts that manners are facing extinction can be dispelled with a peek into school cafeterias.’
    • ‘There were also discussions regarding manners and etiquette.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Dr. Frankenstein is working on Eva's manners and social skills.’
    • ‘He said that his first responsibility was off the court, where he emphasized that his players display courtesy and manners.’
    • ‘I wonder if the people who trained these officers ever gave them lessons in manners and common courtesy to deal with the citizens who pay their salaries.’
    • ‘Politeness and manners were important but etiquette was not a top priority.’
    • ‘Why then, since we all accept that education is, in many ways, a form of social engineering, are manners not part of the school curriculum?’
    • ‘Landowners feel they are being taken for granted and nobody has the manners or the courtesy to ask permission to pass through their private lands.’
    • ‘As the week proceeded, we paid more attention to teaching them manners and proper behaviour through games.’
    • ‘Adrian was sure to act appropriately, with manners and courtesy for others.’
    • ‘The researchers claim that ‘politeness, manners and etiquette’ are now the pinnacle of chic.’
    • ‘She picked up the same one as him, and began to eat, trying as hard as she could to be polite and use the manners that her mother had taught her.’
    • ‘Years and years of classes taken on manners and etiquette and many lectures from her mother had taught her just how to behave around guests.’
    correct behaviour, etiquette, social graces, good form, protocol, politeness, decorum, propriety, gentility, civility, formalities, niceties, ps and qs, breeding
    rudeness, discourtesy, discourteousness, impoliteness, incivility, unmannerliness, boorishness, uncouthness, vulgarity, ungentlemanly behaviour, unladylike behaviour, lack of social grace, lack of refinement
    customs, habits, ways, practices, conventions, usages
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    1. 3.1 Social behaviour or habits.
      ‘Trevor apologized for his son's bad manners’
      • ‘In a display of polite manners I declined the offer of a juice and a nice cup of tea.’
      • ‘While some rules seem a bit quaint, most 19th Century table manners would not be out of place today.’
      • ‘The language, behaviour, manners and values have to be acquired in order for the foreigner to be taken as one of them.’
      • ‘Her manners and behaviour were very charming and she was one good looking and well spoken woman.’
      • ‘Picture the kind of sandwich that is so large you have to cut it in half to maneuver it with any amount of grace and good manners.’
      • ‘They want to burst past the obstacle in their path but good manners and guilt prevents them from doing so.’
      • ‘Bad manners are the outward sign of a seriously selfish individual.’
      • ‘To be aggressive in behaviour, arrogant in manners and harsh in language is a manifestation of savagery.’
      • ‘She forgives him after seeing his politeness and cordial manners during the meal they have together.’
      • ‘I promise to practice good manners and good behaviour and not to lead a life of idleness.’
      • ‘They are as important as table manners or drawing room manners.’
      • ‘I am going to make extra effort to use good manners and proper social behavior.’
      • ‘In fact, even across the same countries, some habits, manners and ways of being change.’
      • ‘There are so many rules about proper table manners that it would take forever to list every nitpicky item.’
      • ‘Every country has its own customs of social etiquette and good manners, and Thailand is no exception.’
      • ‘Discipline in all walks of life, punctuality, politeness and good manners are expected from the police constables and officers.’
      • ‘But Nocte knew that those manners were manifestations of strict rules and traditions.’
      • ‘Politeness, good manners, and willingness to serve are values very strongly encouraged in children.’
      • ‘Social structure encompasses the values, attitudes, manners, and customs of a society.’
      • ‘She replied quietly, her courteous manners overruling her sullen thoughts.’
      social behaviour, behaviour, conduct, way of behaving, form, social habit
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    2. 3.2 The way a motor vehicle handles or performs.
      ‘I have no complaints about the performance or road manners’
      • ‘And we're betting that the on-road manners of the vehicles will be those that are most appreciated.’
      • ‘By-wire systems will also allow engineers much greater freedom to quickly dial in desired road manners.’
      • ‘It has disciplined road manners and features excellent trips on the rough roads.’
      • ‘With a mid-engine design and rear-wheel drive, the Roadster and Coupe have characteristically sporty road manners.’
      • ‘My initial concerns with the cramped interior of the car were alleviated a little by its good road manners.’
      • ‘It's a brutish and large vehicle that has great road manners yet is more versatile than a car.’


  • all manner of

    • Many different kinds of.

      ‘echinacea is used by American Indians for all manner of ailments’
      • ‘Nowadays, worshippers of all faiths can rely on all manner of electronic reminders.’
      • ‘Our society claims to be caring - yet unrestrained selfishness leads to all manner of evil.’
      • ‘They are also a critical means of expanding the market reach for all manner of products in an economy.’
      • ‘Even if I only travel to Blackpool I am harassed by all manner of insects that want to suck every last drop of blood out of me.’
      • ‘They've come up with all manner of catchy slogans designed to tip the scales in their favour.’
      • ‘Living on the main road, I see this every day with all manner of vehicles whose drivers ignore the speed limit.’
      • ‘The door is double-locked, with chains and bolts, because behind it lies all manner of secrets.’
      • ‘The simple answer is to fill in the blanks with all manner of really important things to do.’
      • ‘A conflict raged at the heart of Europe which posed all manner of seminal questions for the nature of humanity.’
      • ‘As always in such cases, all manner of conspiracy theories immediately sprang up.’
  • in a manner of speaking

    • In some sense; so to speak.

      ‘he's not here, so in a manner of speaking I'm in charge’
      • ‘He is the chief custodian of the trees, in a manner of speaking, because the power of giving permission to fell a tree rests with him.’
      • ‘This was the first time she had a family of sorts, a supportive audience, in a manner of speaking.’
      • ‘We're celebrating the arrival of two new babies and the announcement of a third, and so too are the media, in a manner of speaking.’
      • ‘Friends and foes are all here, in a manner of speaking.’
      • ‘Twenty years later, his widow turned down the job, although she had, in a manner of speaking, fully earned it.’
      • ‘It is, in a manner of speaking, sort of a test for pundits.’
      • ‘Researchers believe that by putting microcomputers into every manmade object in the world, computers could, in a manner of speaking, sense the real world.’
      • ‘But I only just got here, in a manner of speaking.’
      • ‘Before the start of the tournament the Asian Football Confederation promised ‘star quality’ and it has delivered - in a manner of speaking.’
      • ‘The drivers are off the road and, in a manner of speaking, on the march again.’
      rather, quite, fairly, moderately, somewhat, a little, slightly, a shade
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  • (as if) to the manner born

    • Naturally at ease in a specified job or situation.

      ‘General Marshall managed in mufti to wear the three-piece suit as if to the classy manner born’
      • ‘Conductor Nicolae Moldoveanu has a sure feeling for the scores and the Dallas Opera Orchestra played as if to the manner born.’
      • ‘We said that ‘as a conservationist, Moskowitz was to the manner born.’’
      • ‘Although Ashish bowled as if to the manner born, for Diwan Singh, his son's journey from a local school ground to superstardom in Durban seems surreal.’
      • ‘Yet, the meaning and worth of the words grew within over a period until you found yourself repeating them, in due course, as if to the manner born.’
      • ‘The quartet sound as if to the manner born, and I doubt that opportunities for comparison will be popping up any time soon.’
      • ‘With his striking good looks, powerful physique and ease before the camera, The Rock undergoes transition from entertainment-sports celebrity to movie star as if to the manner born.’
      • ‘Highly respected for her mastery of the French repertoire, she launched into Wagner as if to the manner born, diction and dynamics perfect and every note impeccably placed.’
      • ‘She breezes through Previn's challenging music as if to the manner born, combining a crystal clear upper register with a wealth of darker, more sensuous colours.’
      • ‘Fred was equally elegant in dress and manners - truly, a gentleman to the manner born.’
      • ‘It was remarked that she carried herself as if to the manner born.’


Middle English: from Old French maniere, based on Latin manuarius ‘of the hand’, from manus ‘hand’.