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1. A way of doing something or the way in which a thing is done or happens: prepared for the trip in a very organized manner. See Synonyms at method.
2. A way of acting; bearing or behavior: He is known for his reserved manner.
3. manners
a. The socially correct way of acting; etiquette: had trouble mastering manners in his new country.
b. The prevailing customs, social conduct, and norms of a specific society, period, or group, especially as the subject of a literary work: a novel of 18th-century manners.
4. Practice, style, execution, or method in the arts: This fresco is typical of the painter's early manner.
a. Kind; sort: What manner of person is she?
b. Kinds; sorts: saw all manner of people at the mall.
in a manner of speaking
In a way; so to speak.
to the manner born
Accustomed to a position, custom, or lifestyle from or as if from birth.

[Middle English manere, from Old French maniere, from feminine of manier, handmade, skillful, from Vulgar Latin *manuārius, convenient, handy, from Latin, of the hand, from manus, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
1. social conduct: he has the manners of a pig.
2. a socially acceptable way of behaving




  1. As chatty and polite as Rotarians —Richard Ford
  2. Decorously polite as patients in a dentist’s waiting room —Francis King
  3. Evil manners will, like watered grass, grow up very quickly —Plautus

    While bad manners might no longer be looked upon as evil, Plautus’ simile in relation to how any evil spreads remains true.

  4. Had the manners of a disobliging steamroller … and he was rather less particular about his dress than a scarecrow —George Bernard Shaw
  5. His speech sounds like a spoken bread-and-butter note —W. P. Kinsella

    See Also: SPEAKING

  6. Manners are like spices, you can’t make a meal of them but they add a great deal to the meal’s enjoyment —Anon
  7. Manners are like the cipher in arithmetic; they may not be of much value in themselves, but they are capable of adding a great deal to the value of everything else —Anon
  8. Manners … as soft as wool —Lorenz Hart

    This is part of the refrain of a song named “Moon of My Delight” written for Chee-Chee.

  9. Our manners, like our faces, though ever so beautiful must differ in their beauty —Lord Shaftesbury
  10. The pleasure of courtesy is like the pleasure of good dancing —Alain
  11. Polite as pie —F. van Wyck Mason
  12. Politeness is like an air-cushion; there may be nothing to it, but it eases our jolts wonderfully —Samuel Johnson
  13. Rudeness (to Mrs. Dosely) was like dropping a pat of butter on to a hot plate, it slid and melted away —Elizabeth Bowen
  14. Sedate as a judge in court —Rhys Davies
  15. Sit bolt upright and smile without cease like a well-bred dinner guest —Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  16. To be cordial is like roughing a man’s head to jolly him up, or kissing a child that doesn’t want to be kissed. You are relieved when it’s over —George Santayana
  17. Ungracious as a hog —Tobias Smollett
  18. Ungracious … like a child who opens a birthday gift and barely glances at it before reaching to unwarp the next —Barbara Lazear Ascher
  19. An ungracious man is like a story told at the wrong time —The Holy Bible/Apocrypha
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Manners - social deportmentmanners - social deportment; "he has the manners of a pig"
demeanor, demeanour, deportment, behaviour, conduct, behavior - (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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I I like your nice manners and refined ways of speaking, when you don't try to be elegant.
With me they had been like older brothers; had restrained their speech and manners out of care for me, and given me so much good comradeship.
Yet his presence, his manners, the warmth of his glances, and above all the touch of his lips upon her hand had acted like a narcotic upon her.
Should we distrust the man because his manners are not our manners, and that his skin is dark?
These young men are not common people, Christie; even if they have forgotten the restraints of speech and manners, they're gentlemen.
Still, there will be a connection with the long past--a reference to forgotten events and personages, and to manners, feelings, and opinions, almost or wholly obsolete --which, if adequately translated to the reader, would serve to illustrate how much of old material goes to make up the freshest novelty of human life.
It might be partly owing to the studied austerity of her dress, and partly to the lack of demonstration in her manners.
I mention this peaceful spot with all possible laud for it is in such little retired Dutch valleys, found here and there embosomed in the great State of New York, that population, manners, and customs remain fixed, while the great torrent of migration and improvement, which is making such incessant changes in other parts of this restless country, sweeps by them unobserved.
Grose, since then, in the way of manners and things, had done as she could for Flora; and there were, further, a cook, a housemaid, a dairywoman, an old pony, an old groom, and an old gardener, all likewise thoroughly respectable.
The colts who live here are very good colts, but they are cart-horse colts, and of course they have not learned manners.
But he was resolved that she should never find this out, and so was always on the watch to see that he did not betray any of his ugly self; he would take care even in little matters, such as his manners, and his habit of swearing when things went wrong.
He was possessed of a handsome person and pleasing manners, and was a general favorite in the factory.