American English

Definition of manner noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[singular] (formal) the way that something is done or happens She answered in a businesslike manner. The manner in which the decision was announced was extremely regrettable.
  2. 2[singular] the way that someone behaves and speaks toward other people to have an aggressive/a friendly/a relaxed manner His manner was polite but cool. see also bedside manner
  3. 3manners [plural] behavior that is considered to be polite in a particular society or culture to have good/bad manners It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full. He has no manners (= behaves very badly). She could at least have the manners to let me know she won't be able to attend. see also table manners
  4. 4manners [plural] (formal) the habits and customs of a particular group of people the social morals and manners of the seventeenth century
  5. Idioms
    all manner of somebody/something
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    many different types of people or things The problem can be solved in all manner of ways. He enjoyed interacting with all manner of people.
    in the manner of somebody/something (formal)
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    in a style that is typical of someone or something a painting in the manner of Raphael
    in a manner of speaking
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    if you think about it in a particular way; true in some but not all ways All these points of view are related, in a manner of speaking.
    (as/as if) to the manner born (formal)
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    as if something is natural for you and you have done it many times in the past She adapted to life on the estate as if to the manner born.
    what manner of… (formal or literary)
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    what kind of… What manner of man could do such a terrible thing?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: manner