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

n how something is done or how it happens

“her dignified manner
“his rapid manner of talking”
fashion, modality, mode, style, way
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artistic style, idiom
the style of a particular artist or school or movement
the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
the manner in which something fits
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
the way something is organized or arranged
signature, touch
a distinguishing style
a way of doing or being
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
(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
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
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)
the way a garment hangs
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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a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n a way of acting or behaving

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
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
a ceremonial manner
an elaborate manner of doing something
casualness, familiarity
a casual manner
an unceremonial manner
niceness, politeness
a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
polished courtesy; elegance of manner
excellence of manners or social conduct
chivalry, gallantry, politesse
courtesy towards women
deference, respect, respectfulness
courteous regard for people's feelings
formal or perfunctory politeness
the manner of a rude or insensitive person
a discourteous manner that ignores accepted social usage
an offensive lack of good manners
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

n 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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