from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having manners of a specific kind: ill-mannered children.
  • adj. Having or showing a certain manner: a mild-mannered supervisor.
  • adj. Artificial or affected: mannered speech.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or exhibiting mannerisms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having manners or (often excessive) mannerisms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a certain way, esp. a polite way, of carrying and conducting one's self.
  • adj. Affected with mannerism; marked by excess of some characteristic peculiarity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or possessed of manners, carriage, or demeanor; in compounds, having manners of a certain kind, as in ill-mannered, well-mannered.
  • Marked by a constantly repeated manner or method, especially in art or literature; characterized by maunerism; artificial; unnatural; affected.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having unnatural mannerisms


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