Meaning of manner

man•ner

Pronunciation: (man'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a way of doing, being done, or happening; mode of action, occurrence, etc.: I don't like the manner in which he complained.
  2. The novels of Jane Austen are concerned with the manners of her time.
    1. 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.
    2. ways of behaving with reference to polite standards; social comportment:That child has good manners.
  3. a person's outward bearing; way of speaking to and treating others: She has a charming manner.
  4. characteristic or customary way of doing, making, saying, etc.: houses built in the 19th-century manner.
  5. air of distinction: That old gentleman had quite a manner.
  6. kind; sort: What manner of man is he? All manner of things were happening.
  7. characteristic style in art, literature, or the like: verses in the manner of Spenser.
    1. nature; character.
    2. guise; fashion.
  8. by all means; certainly.
  9. under no circumstances; by no means; certainly not: She was by no manner of means a frivolous person.
  10. so to speak; after a fashion; somewhat.
  11. in a way; as it were; so to speak: We were, in a manner of speaking, babes in the woods.
  12. He was a gentleman to the manner born.
    1. accustomed by birth to a high position:He was a gentleman to the manner born.
    2. used to a particular custom, activity, or role from birth.

man•ner

Pronunciation: (man'ur), [key]
— n. Old Eng. Law.
  1. mainour.
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