Definition of mannered in US English:



  • 1in combination Behaving in a specified way.

  • 2(of a writer, artist, or artistic style) marked by idiosyncratic mannerisms; artificial, stilted, and overelaborate in delivery.

    ‘inane dialogue and mannered acting’
    • ‘Suddenly, tracks such as If I Die Tonight cease to sound like mannered posturing and take on a peculiar prescience.’
    • ‘He had few later commissions of importance, and as his style became increasingly mannered even fewer were accepted on completion.’
    • ‘There is a literary quality to The Cooler that does make it feel mannered and even theatrical at times.’
    • ‘I wondered as I listened to the mannered and overwrought theatrical stuff why he hadn't put that in there instead.’
    • ‘In the late 1930s he became a friend of Gruber and developed a rather mannered figure style influenced by him and by Picasso.’
    • ‘It's an odd performance as well, desperately mannered at times but in the moments that count absolutely rock solid.’
    • ‘Viewed from afar, the works seem strikingly cold and mannered, even when evoking the distinctly human creases of flesh.’
    • ‘At a time when radio comedy in Britain was often extremely mannered and driven by catchphrases, The Goon Show was a huge leap.’
    • ‘His performance is so mannered and inhuman that it's almost easier to think he really is a vampire than to presume some actor dreamed it up.’
    • ‘Some readers may fear that Mr. Blythe's prose is overly nostalgic and mannered.’
    • ‘He gives a highly mannered performance, speaking more to the floor and back wall than out to the audience.’
    • ‘Her tantalising lines are delivered with as many vocal gymnastics as Jeff Buckley but she never sounds mannered or over the top.’
    • ‘It is very mannered, very strange and very much an acquired taste.’
    • ‘There was neither method nor nearly enough madness in the mannered performances.’
    • ‘The result is a mannered, literary prose rooted firmly in the Gothic and decadent traditions.’
    • ‘To call the acting wooden would be overstatement, but it's often stiff and mannered.’
    • ‘His performance was altogether too mannered, but the woman playing his wife was fun.’
    • ‘Critics, after condemning her for her relations, have homed in on her mannered singing and her lyrics.’
    • ‘Much of the drama is stiff and mannered, but the action sequences still thrill.’
    • ‘He was to admit in later life that he had been somewhat mannered in his vocal style, at the expense of his physical presence.’
    affected, pretentious, unnatural, artificial, contrived, stilted, stiff, forced, put-on, insincere, theatrical, actorly, elaborate, precious, posed, stagy, camp
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