Definition of mannerism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmænərɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmænərɪzəm//
    Styles of art
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  1. 1[countable] a particular habit or way of speaking or behaving that somebody has but is not aware of nervous/odd/irritating mannerisms
  2. 2[uncountable] too much use of a particular style in painting or writing
  3. 3 Mannerism [uncountable] a style in 16th century Italian art that did not show things in a natural way but made them look strange or out of their usual shape See related entries: Styles of art
  4. Extra examples He has this irritating mannerism of constantly scratching his nose. Ask a friend to tell you whether you have any irritating mannerisms. He had been learning the great man’s speeches and studying his mannerisms.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mannerism