Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having manners of a specific kind.
  • adjective Having or showing a certain manner.
  • adjective Artificial or affected.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or exhibiting mannerisms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having manners or (often excessive) mannerisms.

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

  • adjective having unnatural mannerisms

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Examples

  • ... and I suddenly realized that calling a singer "mannered" is just a way of concealing a certain laziness of opinion.

    Manners of speaking

  • ... and I suddenly realized that calling a singer "mannered" is just a way of concealing a certain laziness of opinion.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • He was well mannered, that is to say well learned and induced in the sacrifices and works of the temple, as it appeareth in the beginning, in the middle, and in the end.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 6

  • "My hunch is that the actor has drifted into a kind of mannered inwardness, either to suggest the otherworldly nature of Prospero or because he has simply become bored with the role […] But almost everything about this Tempest is disappointing."

    What to say about ... Sam Mendes's Bridge Project

  • It likes to present itself as quite 'mannered' in its approach to poetry but it often becomes a forum for the crudest vocalisations within that, and really because of it, as if shining the poetic silverware also meant locking it off from the thieving maids.

    Bedtime Reading

  • It likes to present itself as quite 'mannered' in its approach to poetry but it often becomes a forum for the crudest vocalisations within that, and really because of it, as if shining the poetic silverware also meant locking it off from the thieving maids.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • It likes to present itself as quite 'mannered' in its approach to poetry but it often becomes a forum for the crudest vocalisations within that, and really because of it, as if shining the poetic silverware also meant locking it off from the thieving maids.

    David's comment

  • Meanwhile, living in Cambridge and knowing a very large number of Unitarian Universalists and various lefty folks, I can attest that not every liberal is "mannered," "self-critical," or "pensive."

    Philocrites: Beware 'Old Testament' comparisons.

  • Meanwhile, living in Cambridge and knowing a very large number of Unitarian Universalists and various lefty folks, I can attest that not every liberal is "mannered," "self-critical," or "pensive."

    Philocrites: September 2004 Archives

  • Perhaps the first of the "mannered" fantasies, Sorcery & Cecilia owes much to Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen and the regency romance.

    A Sunday Morning "Catch-Up" Review: Journey To Fusang

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