What does manner mean?

Definitions for manner
ˈmæn ərman·ner

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word manner.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manner, mode, style, way, fashionnoun

    how something is done or how it happens

    "her dignified manner"; "his rapid manner of talking"; "their nomadic mode of existence"; "in the characteristic New York style"; "a lonely way of life"; "in an abrasive fashion"

  2. manner, personal mannernoun

    a way of acting or behaving

  3. mannernoun

    a kind

    "what manner of man are you?"


  1. Mannernoun

    Sort; kind; style; -- in this application sometimes having the sense of a plural, sorts or kinds; as, all manners of people came to the rally.


  1. mannernoun

    Mode of action; way of performing or effecting anything; method; style; form; fashion.

    The treacherous manner of his mournful death. - Shakespeare

  2. mannernoun

    Characteristic mode of acting, conducting, carrying one's self; bearing; habitual style.

    His natural manner makes him seem like the boss.

  3. mannernoun

    Customary method of acting; habit.

    These people have strange manners.

  4. mannernoun

    Carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming behavior; well-bred carriage and address.

  5. mannernoun

    The style of writing or thought of an author; characteristic peculiarity of an artist.

  6. mannernoun

    Certain degree or measure; as, it is in a manner done already.

  7. mannernoun

    Sort; kind; style

    All manner of persons participate.

  8. mannernoun

    standards of conduct cultured and product of mind.

  9. Etymology: From manere, from maniere, from *manaria, from feminine of manuarius, from manus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MANNERnoun

    Etymology: maniere, French.

    In my divine Emilia make me blest.
    Find thou the manner, and the means prepare,
    Possession, more than conquest, is my care. Dryden.

    As the manner of some is. New Testament.

    It is in a manner done already;
    For many carriages he hath dispatch’d
    To the sea-side. William Shakespeare, King John.

    The bread is in a manner common. 1 Sam. xxi. 5.

    If the envy be general in a manner upon all the ministers of an estate, it is truly upon the state itself. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    This universe we have possest, and rul’d
    In a manner at our will, th’ affairs of earth. Paradise Reg.

    Antony Augustinus does in a manner confess the charge. Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning.

    All manner of men assembled here in arms against God’s peace and the king’s: we charge you to repair to your dwelling-places. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. i.

    A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable,
    Beyond all manner of so much I love you. William Shakespeare.

    What manner of men were they whom ye slew? Judges.

    The city may flourish in trade, and all manner of outward advantages. Francis Atterbury.

    Air and manner are often more expressive than words. Clarissa.

    Some men have a native dignity in their manner, which will procure them more regard by a look, than others can obtain by the most imperious commands. Clarissa.

    If I melt into melancholy while I write, I shall be taken in the manner; and I sit by one too tender to these impressions. John Donne, Letters.

    It can hardly be imagined how great a difference was in the humour, disposition, and manner, of the army under Essex, and the other under Waller. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Some few touches of your lordship, which I have endeavoured to express after your manner, have made whole poems of mine to pass with approbation. John Dryden, Juv.

    As man is known by his company, so a man’s company may be known by his manner of expressing himself. Jonathan Swift.

    The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves after a gentle, but very powerful, manner. Francis Atterbury.

    His princes are as much distinguished by their manners as by their dominions; and even those among them, whose characters seem wholly made up of courage, differ from one another as to the particular kinds. Addison.

    The kinds of musick have most operation upon manners: as, to make them warlike; to make them soft and effeminate. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 114.

    Every fool carries more or less in his face the signature of his manners, though more legible in some than others. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    We bring our manners to the blest abodes,
    And think what pleases us must please the gods. Dryden.

    The time will not allow the compliment,
    Which very manners urge. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    These bloody accidents must excuse my manners,
    That so neglected you. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Our griefs and not our manners reason now. William Shakespeare.

    Ungracious wretch,
    Fit for the mountains and the barbarous caves,
    Where manners ne’er were preach’d. William Shakespeare.

    Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined within the weak list of a country’s fashion: we are the makers of manners, Kate. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Good manners bound her to invite
    The stranger dame to be her guest that night. Dryden.

    None but the careless and the confident would rush rudely into the presence of a great man: and shall we, in our applications to the great God, take that to be religion, which the common reason of mankind will not allow to be manners? Robert South, Sermons.

    Your passion bends
    Its force against your nearest friends;
    Which manners, decency, and pride,
    Have taught you from the world to hide. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Männer

    Männer is a 1984 song by German singer Herbert Grönemeyer, released as the first single from the album 4630 Bochum. The 'Männer' single release is still one of the most successful titles of Grönemeyer. The youth magazine Bravo described the song as "catchy male harassment". German magazine Der Spiegel described the song as "half satire, half eulogy, partly Men's Lib, partly Chauvi Restoration".


  1. manner

    Manner refers to the way in which something is done, performed, or conducted. It encompasses the behavior, attitude, style, or method exhibited by an individual or group in carrying out a task, in interacting with others, or in behaving in a specific situation. Manner can also refer to the way someone presents themselves or their overall demeanor. It often emphasizes the polite, considerate, or appropriate way of conducting oneself in various social, professional, or cultural contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mannernoun

    mode of action; way of performing or effecting anything; method; style; form; fashion

  2. Mannernoun

    characteristic mode of acting, conducting, carrying one's self, or the like; bearing; habitual style

  3. Mannernoun

    customary method of acting; habit

  4. Mannernoun

    carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming behavior; well-bred carriage and address

  5. Mannernoun

    the style of writing or thought of an author; characteristic peculiarity of an artist

  6. Mannernoun

    certain degree or measure; as, it is in a manner done already

  7. Mannernoun

    sort; kind; style; -- in this application sometimes having the sense of a plural, sorts or kinds

  8. Etymology: [OE. manere, F. manire, from OF. manier, adj., manual, skillful, handy, fr. (assumed) LL. manarius, for L. manuarius belonging to the hand, fr. manus the hand. See Manual.]


  1. Manner

    Manner is a line of confectionery from the Austrian conglomerate, Josef Manner & Comp AG. The corporation, founded in 1890, produces a wide assortment of confectionery products. These include wafers, long-life confectionery, chocolate-based confectionery, sweets, cocoa and a variety of seasonal products. The company's best-known product are the "Neapolitan wafers", introduced in 1898. They are sold in blocks of ten 47 x 17 x 17 mm hazelnut-cream filled wafers. The hazelnuts were originally imported from the Naples region in Italy, hence the name. The basic recipe has remained unchanged to this day. The company logo is a picture of St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. This dates back to the 1890s, when Josef Manner opened his first shop right next to the Cathedral. There is an agreement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the Manner Company whereby the latter is allowed the use of the logo in return for paying the wages of one stonemason doing repair work on the Cathedral.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manner

    man′ėr, n. the way in which anything is done: method: fashion: personal style of acting or bearing one's self: habit: custom: style of writing or of thought: sort: style: (pl.) morals: good behaviour: character: respectful deportment.—adj. Mann′ered, having manners (esp. in compounds, as well- or ill-mannered): affected with mannerism: artificial: stilted.—ns. Mann′erism, a constant sameness of manner: a marked peculiarity of style or manner, esp. in literary composition: manner or style becoming wearisome by its sameness; Mann′erist, one addicted to mannerism.—adj. Manneris′tic.—adv. Manneris′tically.—n. Mann′erliness.—adj. Mann′erly, showing good manners: well-behaved: complaisant: not rude.—adv. with good manners: civilly: respectfully: without rudeness.—By no manner of means, under no circumstances whatever; In a manner, to a certain degree; In, or With, the manner (B.), in the very act; Make one's manners, to salute a person on meeting by a bow, courtesy, &c.; Shark's manners, rapacity; To the manner born, accustomed to something from birth. [Fr. manièremain—L. manus, the hand.]

Editors Contribution

  1. manner

    A way of behaving.

    The children had a beautiful manner and behaved so calmly around people.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  

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  1. Manner

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Manner is ranked #30946 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Manner surname appeared 751 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Manner.

    84.1% or 632 total occurrences were White.
    5% or 38 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.4% or 26 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 25 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.2% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'manner' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1658

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'manner' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3865

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'manner' in Nouns Frequency: #684

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manner in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of manner in a Sentence

  1. Foreign Affairs spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir:

    Indonesia does not have legislation or laws or any other legal instruments that will enable the issue of a prisoner exchange to be conducted, we understand the need for Australia to serve its citizens but again we must emphasize that such efforts must be done in a diplomatic manner, in a way that is respectful to the laws of country, in this case, the laws of Indonesia and the sovereignty of the laws of Indonesia.

  2. Ken Martin:

    A person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday the boy was decapitated. Paul Oberhauser told local television station KCTV Paul Oberhauser shoulder restraint busted loose on Paul Oberhauser Verruckt raft July 26. The Nebraska man said The Nebraska man just held on, and a video shot by The Nebraska man wife shows the strap loose at the ride's end. Paul Oberhauser said Paul Oberhauser reported the matter to park workers. Kenneth Conrad, Kenneth Conrad, told WDAF-TV that during Kenneth Conrad trip down the waterslide last year with a friend, the friend's shoulder strap came completely off. Conrad's wife snapped a photo at the end of the ride showing the strap missing, and Kenneth Conrad didn't file a complaint with the park. The park's spokeswoman didn't return messages Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking comment on the claims. In a statement, she said a limited portion of the park will reopen at midday Wednesday. Riders sit in multi-person rafts that begin with the steep drop, followed by a surge up a second hill before a 50-foot descent to a finishing pool. Along the way, riders clutch ropes along the inside of the raft. In early tests, rafts carrying sandbags flew off the slide, prompting engineers to tear down half of the ride and reconfigure some angles. A promotional video about building the slide includes footage of two men riding a raft down a half-size test model and going slightly airborne as it crests the top of the first big hill. Caleb Schwab was in a raft with two adults who were not related to Caleb Schwab when Caleb Schwab was killed on the slide, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest. The other two were treated for facial injuries. Police were investigating the death as a criminal case although police spokesman Cameron Morgan said Tuesday that designation did not mean they suspect foul play. Jon Rust, a professor of textile engineering at North Carolina State University, said the material used on the straps, commonly called hook and loop, isn't designed to keep a person in the seat. It also can get old and degrade with use. It's got to be used in a safe manner, and that doesn't include stopping someone's fall or preventing someone's ejection, Jon Rust said. Ken Martin, Ken Martin, questioned whether the straps were appropriate for what Ken Martin called nothing more than a roller coaster with water. Although Ken Martin has not seen or ridden Verruckt, Martin said a more solid restraint system that fits over the body - similar to those used in roller coasters - may have been better. I think we have a serious issue with the restraint system. Period.

  3. Neil Fitt:

    But I do not see a problem if the hunting is done in a proper, ethical and above-board manner.

  4. Emmanuel Macron:

    What it comes down to, very candidly, is intestinal fortitude, the ability to have guts to make a hard decision instead of wringing your hands in a negative manner, and we're very concerned about escalation. Look, the guy who's escalated is Vladimir Putin. That's the one who started the war. That's the one who's pushed himself into Ukraine. That's the one who has put the civilian population at enormous risk. He's actually conducting war crimes.

  5. Akhil Saxena:

    I think if we do get off to a good start in a sustainable manner then the scale up becomes much easier.

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the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
A contribution
B abdomen
C apex
D intelligence

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