manner

Your way of behaving or acting is your manner. Your parents might be fooled by your best friend's quiet, polite manner, but you know that she's capable of being incredibly rude — and hysterically funny.

A manner is also a style of doing something. You may not like the manner in which your boss at the coffee shop does things, but you have to admit she makes a perfect latte. Manner also means the kind or sort. If you find yourself working with people who enjoy stabbing each other in the back, you may wonder what manner of people you are working with.

Definitions of manner
  1. noun
    how something is done or how it happens
    “her dignified manner
    “his rapid manner of talking”
    synonyms: fashion, modality, mode, style, way
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    artistic style, idiom
    the style of a particular artist or school or movement
    drape
    the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
    fit
    the manner in which something fits
    form
    a particular mode in which something is manifested
    life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi
    a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
    setup
    the way something is organized or arranged
    signature, touch
    a distinguishing style
    wise
    a way of doing or being
    response
    the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals
    baroque, baroqueness
    elaborate and extensive ornamentation in decorative art and architecture that flourished in Europe in the 17th century
    classical style
    the artistic style of ancient Greek art with its emphasis on proportion and harmony
    order
    (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
    rococo
    fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century
    High Renaissance
    the artistic style of early 16th century painting in Florence and Rome; characterized by technical mastery and heroic composition and humanistic content
    treatment
    a manner of dealing with something artistically
    fast lane
    a hectic and pressured lifestyle often characterized by recklessness or dissipation
    free living
    a lifestyle given to easy indulgence of the appetites
    vanity fair
    a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities
    common touch
    the property of appealing to people in general (usually by appearing to have qualities in common with them)
    hang
    the way a garment hangs
    neoclassicism
    revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
    classicalism, classicism
    a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms
    Romantic Movement, Romanticism
    a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization
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    property
    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  2. noun
    a way of acting or behaving
    synonyms: personal manner
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    bearing, comportment, mien, presence
    dignified manner or conduct
    bedside manner
    manner or conduct of a physician in the presence of a patient
    dandyism, foppishness
    the manner and dress of a fop or dandy
    gentleness, mildness, softness
    acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered
    formality, formalness
    a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
    informality
    a manner that does not take forms and ceremonies seriously
    courtesy, good manners
    a courteous manner
    discourtesy, rudeness
    a manner that is rude and insulting
    dignity, gravitas, lordliness
    formality in bearing and appearance
    ceremoniousness
    a ceremonial manner
    stateliness
    an elaborate manner of doing something
    casualness, familiarity
    a casual manner
    unceremoniousness
    an unceremonial manner
    niceness, politeness
    a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
    urbanity
    polished courtesy; elegance of manner
    graciousness
    excellence of manners or social conduct
    chivalry, gallantry, politesse
    courtesy towards women
    deference, respect, respectfulness
    courteous regard for people's feelings
    civility
    formal or perfunctory politeness
    boorishness
    the manner of a rude or insensitive person
    impoliteness
    a discourteous manner that ignores accepted social usage
    ungraciousness
    an offensive lack of good manners
    incivility
    deliberate discourtesy
    abruptness, brusqueness, curtness, gruffness, shortness
    an abrupt discourteous manner
    contempt, disrespect
    a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
    cheekiness, crust, freshness, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence
    the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
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    behavior, behaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment
    (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
  3. noun
    a kind
    “what manner of man are you?”
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    form, kind, sort, variety
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
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