Definition of actorly in US English:

actorly

adjective

  • 1Characteristic of an actor or actress.

    ‘he seems to lack the actorly range that the role requires’
    • ‘Playing a character with two personalities may be a noble and actorly thing to attempt, unfortunately it is also difficult.’
    • ‘So will the twins be following in their famous parents' actorly footsteps?’
    • ‘His performance skills are less obtrusive than those of his actorly predecessors simply because we are already familiar with the style.’
    • ‘His actorly slam-dunk is equalled, however, by half-lidded ingenue Scarlett Johansson, whose sheer unlikelihood as a romantic foil paradoxically renders her perfect.’
    • ‘They're not doing the nominees on stage for the actorly awards.’
    • ‘His actorly tricks, now so familiar, are rarely in evidence.’
    • ‘These are not nuanced performances, with actorly ticks and tricks.’
    • ‘He demonstrated a keen actorly sixth sense during the shoots.’
    • ‘He had conveyed the strange hold the ring had on him with in wonderfully actorly fashion.’
    • ‘The power comes from what the performance reveals about Depp, not what bits of actorly business he hides behind.’
    • ‘Though he is unquestionably a movie star, he seems to lack the actorly range that the role requires.’
    • ‘It is a good metaphor for the self-centredness of the production itself - the dramatic stripped away in favour of actorly seriousness.’
    • ‘Some dancers take an actorly route, constantly clarifying their character's story so that the movement is motivated by the emotion.’
    stage, dramatic, thespian, dramaturgical
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    1. 1.1 Affected or excessively dramatic.
      ‘she eschews the actorly flourishes of her co-star’
      • ‘Actually, this accent is one of the few flaws in a great performance: one is too aware of the actorly concept, of the art that fails to conceal art.’
      • ‘The film doesn't reek of actorly vanity or the shameless pursuit of Oscar glory.’
      • ‘He admits, nonetheless, that other stories about his life, such as his actorly eccentricities, are not entirely fabricated.’
      • ‘Thankfully it also comes across as an actorly affectation and isn't written into the character's story.’
      • ‘He didn't just direct this adaptation, he wrote the screenplay, yet this movie isn't filled with actorly moments.’
      exaggerated, ostentatious, actressy, stagy, showy, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, overripe, histrionic, affected, mannered, artificial, stilted, unreal, forced
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Pronunciation

actorly

/ˈaktərlē/