Manners



[man-er] /ˈmæn ər/

noun
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.
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.
(used with a singular or plural verb) 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.
8.
Obsolete.

Idioms
9.
by all manner of means, by all means; certainly.
10.
by no manner of means, under no circumstances; by no means; certainly not:
She was by no manner of means a frivolous person.
11.
in a manner, so to speak; after a fashion; somewhat.
12.
in a manner of speaking, in a way; as it were; so to speak:
We were, in a manner of speaking, babes in the woods.
13.
to the manner born,

[man-er] /ˈmæn ər/
noun, Old English Law.
1.
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/ˈmænəz/
plural noun
1.
social conduct: he has the manners of a pig
2.
a socially acceptable way of behaving
/ˈmænə/
noun
1.
a way of doing or being
2.
a person’s bearing and behaviour: she had a cool manner
3.
the style or customary way of doing or accomplishing something: sculpture in the Greek manner
4.
type or kind: what manner of man is this?
5.
mannered style, as in art; mannerism
6.
by all manner of means, certainly; of course
7.
by no manner of means, definitely not: he was by no manner of means a cruel man
8.
in a manner of speaking, in a way; so to speak
9.
to the manner born, naturally fitted to a specified role or activity
n.

“external behavior (especially polite behavior) in social intercourse,” late 14c., plural of manner.

Under bad manners, as under graver faults, lies very commonly an overestimate of our special individuality, as distinguished from our generic humanity. [Oliver W. Holmes, “The Professor at the Breakfast Table,” 1858]

Earlier it meant “moral character” (early 13c.).

n.

c.1200, “kind, sort, variety,” from Anglo-French manere, Old French maniere “fashion, method, manner, way; appearance, bearing; custom” (12c., Modern French manière), from Vulgar Latin *manaria (source of Spanish manera, Portuguese maneira, Italian maniera), from fem. of Latin manuarius “belonging to the hand,” from manus “hand” (see manual (adj.)). The French word was borrowed by other Germanic languages, e.g. Dutch manier, German manier, Swedish maner.

Meaning “customary practice” is from c.1300. Senses of “way of doing something; a personal habit or way of doing; way of conducting oneself toward others” are from c.1300. Meaning “specific nature, form, way something happens” is mid-14c. Of literature from 1660s. Most figurative meanings derive from the original sense “method of handling” which was extended when the word was used to translate Latin modus “method.” Phrase manner of speaking is recorded from 1530s. To the manner born (“Hamlet” I iv.15) generally is used incorrectly and means “destined by birth to be subject to the custom.”
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