Definition of mannerly in US English:

mannerly

adjective

  • Well-mannered; polite.

    ‘he is always genteel and mannerly in private’
    • ‘It's also good to finally meet a guardian as mannerly as you are.’
    • ‘They committed themselves to elaborate codes of behavior that included respect for women and a certain mannerly decorum.’
    • ‘He was mannerly to her but only because he would suffer ramifications from his father if he were not.’
    • ‘He seemed so mannerly at first, that you wouldn't believe the words coming out of his mouth just moments later.’
    • ‘He is perfectly mannerly, but has the air of a man who expects, and receives, deference.’
    • ‘We believe that every family deserves to have a mannerly pet, a dog that doesn't jump up, pull on the leash or embarrass them out in public.’
    • ‘Calm, mannerly, fond of bowties, Whitworth was a workaholic.’
    • ‘A more self-assured, unfailingly polite and mannerly man never existed.’
    • ‘He found the pupils to be very friendly, mannerly and confident young people.’
    • ‘If we remember to praise him for thinking, we help him to be a mannerly dog on his own and not just a robot.’
    • ‘Cripple Creek's women were a definite part of the camp as they coped with dreary existences and provided their men with good homes and hard-working, mannerly children.’
    • ‘‘Most bankers are smart and mannerly, and they don't come in and hit you over the head,’ the executive observes.’
    • ‘I only knew their names because I heard Aunt Caren tell them to be mannerly.’
    • ‘These fine young gentleman were well-behaved and very mannerly.’
    • ‘British Virgin Islanders place great importance on mannerly behavior.’
    • ‘It's a mean competition, too - one that can turn sensible, mannerly, child-loving parents and educators into hard, calculating, and paranoid operators.’
    • ‘Her mother had told her it was the mannerly way to do it.’
    • ‘She was very jittery, far more jittery than Lydie had ever seen the mannerly, dignified Anne Holden.’
    • ‘Trying to approach this gentle and mannerly retired professor about what seems to be going wrong, Miller encounters the deep stubbornness at the core of his being.’
    • ‘Eating fast may not be mannerly, but it's essential.’
    well mannered, civil, courteous, respectful, deferential, well behaved, well bred, gentlemanly, ladylike, chivalrous, gallant, genteel, cultivated, gracious, urbane, well brought up
    polite, courteous, well mannered, well behaved, civil, gentlemanly, ladylike, genteel, decorous, respectful, well bred, refined, polished, civilized, cultivated, gracious, chivalrous, urbane, well brought up
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Pronunciation

mannerly

/ˈmanərlē//ˈmænərli/