Definition of manner in English:


Line breaks: man¦ner
Pronunciation: /ˈmanə


  • 1A way in which a thing is done or happens: taking notes in an unobtrusive manner
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    • They brighten the streets and fasten the scenery together in the unobtrusive manner of true cultural icons.
    • Fortunately, individual lions can be dependably identified in an unobtrusive manner.
    • 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.
  • 1.1A style in literature or art: a dramatic poem in the manner of Goethe
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    • Bollinger was ‘working’ in these pictures, but not in the manner of the other artists Fiore depicted.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.2 [mass noun] Grammar A semantic category of adverbs and adverbials which answer the question ‘how?’: an adverb of manner
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    • There are adverbs of manner, adverbs of place, adverbs of frequency, adverbs of time and adverbs of purpose.
    • Some writers put an adverb of manner at the beginning of the sentence to catch our attention and make us curious.
    • Should the linguistic category of ‘manner’ be restricted to semantico-grammatical phenomena?
  • 1.3 (manner of) • archaic A kind or sort: what manner of man is he?
  • 2A person’s outward bearing or way of behaving towards others: his arrogance and pompous manner
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    • 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.
    • She probably had a pretty face to start with, but her manner and grace was quite a study in femininity.
    demeanour, air, aspect, attitude, appearance, look, bearing, cast, deportment, behaviour, conduct; comportment, mien


all manner of

Many different kinds of: echinacea is used by American Indians for all manner of ailments
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  • The simple answer is to fill in the blanks with all manner of really important things to do.
  • Our society claims to be caring - yet unrestrained selfishness leads to all manner of evil.
  • As always in such cases, all manner of conspiracy theories immediately sprang up.

by no manner of means

see means.

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
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  • Researchers believe that by putting microcomputers into every manmade object in the world, computers could, in a manner of speaking, sense the real world.
  • It is, in a manner of speaking, sort of a test for pundits.
  • Before the start of the tournament the Asian Football Confederation promised ‘star quality’ and it has delivered - in a manner of speaking.

(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
[with allusion to Shakespeare's Hamlet i. iv. 17]
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



hordes of mannerless middle-class brats
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  • But in the business life there are many mannerless and unpolite people.
  • There was no personnel to control those mannerless people.
  • The first thing you have to remember is we are blind, not mannerless.


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

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