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a way of doing, being done, or happening; mode of action, occurrence, etc.:
I don’t like the manner in which he complained.

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.
ways of behaving with reference to polite standards; social comportment:
That child has good manners.

a person’s outward bearing; way of speaking to and treating others:
She has a charming manner.
characteristic or customary way of doing, making, saying, etc.:
houses built in the 19th-century manner.
air of distinction:
That old gentleman had quite a manner.
(used with a singular or plural verb) kind; sort:
What manner of man is he? All manner of things were happening.
characteristic style in art, literature, or the like:
verses in the manner of Spenser.

nature; character.
guise; fashion.

by all manner of means, by all means; certainly.
by no manner of means, under no circumstances; by no means; certainly not:
She was by no manner of means a frivolous person.
in a manner, so to speak; after a fashion; somewhat.
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.
to the manner born,

accustomed by birth to a high position:
He was a gentleman to the manner born.
used to a particular custom, activity, or role from birth.

Contemporary Examples

The Iranian Islamic Fundamentalist’s Handbook on Sex in the West IranWire July 24, 2014
Remembering the Surprisingly Vulnerable Gore Vidal Lee Siegel July 31, 2012
Gen. McChrystal’s Credibility Problem Jon Krakauer October 13, 2009
A Prize Too Far Christopher Buckley October 9, 2009
Better Dead Than Fat Eric Pape June 19, 2010

Historical Examples

Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845 Various
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton

a way of doing or being
a person’s bearing and behaviour: she had a cool manner
the style or customary way of doing or accomplishing something: sculpture in the Greek manner
type or kind: what manner of man is this?
mannered style, as in art; mannerism
by all manner of means, certainly; of course
by no manner of means, definitely not: he was by no manner of means a cruel man
in a manner of speaking, in a way; so to speak
to the manner born, naturally fitted to a specified role or activity

all kinds (manner of)
by all (manner of) means
company manners
in a manner of speaking
to the manner born


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