manner of speaking


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Noun1.manner of speaking - your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orallymanner of speaking - your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
address - the manner of speaking to another individual; "he failed in his manner of address to the captain"
catch - a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
paralanguage, paralinguistic communication - the use of manner of speaking to communicate particular meanings
tongue - a manner of speaking; "he spoke with a thick tongue"; "she has a glib tongue"
shibboleth - a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people
tone, tone of voice - the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
elocution - an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
prosody, inflection - the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
inflection, modulation - a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
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He's not a man, but a machine, and a spiteful machine when he's angry," she added, recalling Alexey Alexandrovitch as she spoke, with all the peculiarities of his figure and manner of speaking, and reckoning against him every defect she could find in him, softening nothing for the great wrong she herself was doing him.
I want to hear justice praised in respect of itself; then I shall be satisfied, and you are the person from whom I think that I am most likely to hear this; and therefore I will praise the unjust life to the utmost of my power, and my manner of speaking will indicate the manner in which I desire to hear you too praising justice and censuring injustice.
She would swear the same, in a manner of speaking, before chaplain.
Why, ma'am,' he returned, 'I am thinking about Tom Gradgrind's whim;' Tom Gradgrind, for a bluff independent manner of speaking - as if somebody were always endeavouring to bribe him with immense sums to say Thomas, and he wouldn't; 'Tom Gradgrind's whim, ma'am, of bringing up the tumbling-girl.
In a manner of speaking it confirms our conviction that China had to be recognized as a World Industrial Power sooner or later.
In a manner of speaking it all comes down to keeping the pleasure boat afloat.
Our manner of speaking will be less insistent on getting our opinions on the table, telling our story, or having our own way.
As the trend in the ballots slowly made me realize that, in a manner of speaking, the guillotine would fall on me, I started to feel quite dizzy," he told the crowd in German.
Her manner of speaking tended to be economical, in any case, and after a few drinks became increasingly, provocatively epigrammatic - she was, like Beckett, a prodigious drinker.
In manner of speaking, Jim Colbert sneaked up on the Senior PGA Tour, winning more money this year and more tournaments the past two years than he did in a quarter-century on what he playfully calls the Junior Tour.
He has, in a manner of speaking, played for Michael Vaughan's England.
With skill and nuance, she gives the immigrants thick Bengali accents and their children a tough, urban English manner of speaking.