1. Mode of action; way of performing or effecting anything; method; style; form; fashion.
The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land. --2 Kings xvii. 26.
The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves after a gentle, but very powerful, manner. --Atterbury.
2. Characteristic mode of acting, conducting, carrying one's self, or the like; bearing; habitual style.
Specifically: (a) Customary method of acting; habit.
Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them. --Acts xvii. 2.
Air and manner are more expressive than words. --Richardson.
(b) pl. Carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming behavior; well-bred carriage and address; as, mind your manners!.
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. --Emerson.
(c) The style of writing or thought of an author; characteristic peculiarity of an artist.
3. Certain degree or measure; as, it is in a manner done already.
The bread is in a manner common. --1 Sam. xxi.5.
4. Sort; kind; style; -- in this application sometimes having the sense of a plural, sorts or kinds; as, all manners of people came to the rally.
And they being afraid wondered, saying to one another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and the water, and they obey him. --Luke 8: 25.
Ye tithe mint, and rue, and all manner of herbs. --Luke xi. 42.
I bid thee say,
What manner of man art thou? --Coleridge.
Note: ☞ In old usage, of was often omitted after manner, when employed in this sense. “A manner Latin corrupt was her speech.”
By any manner of means, in any way possible; by any sort of means.
To be taken in the manner or To be taken with the manner.
To make one's manners, to make a bow or courtesy; to offer salutation.
Manners bit, a portion left in a dish for the sake of good manners. --Hallwell.
Syn: -- Method; mode; custom; habit; fashion; air; look; mien; aspect; appearance. See Method.
n 1: how something is done or how it happens; "her dignified
manner"; "his rapid manner of talking"; "their nomadic
mode of existence"; "in the characteristic New York
style"; "a lonely way of life"; "in an abrasive fashion"
[syn: mode, style, way, fashion]
2: a way of acting or behaving [syn: personal manner]
3: a kind; "what manner of man are you?"