1125–75; Middle English manere
< Anglo-French; Old French maniere
≪ Vulgar Latin *manuāria,
noun use of feminine of manuārius
handy, convenient (Latin:
of, pertaining to the hand). See manus
Can be confused
, manner, manor
demeanor, deportment. Manner, air, bearing
all refer to one's outward aspect or behavior. Manner
applies to a distinctive mode of behavior, or social attitude toward others, etc.: a gracious manner. Air
applies to outward appearance insofar as this is distinctive or indicative: an air of martyrdom. Airs
imply affectation: to put on airs. Bearing
applies especially to carriage: a noble bearing. 4.
mode, fashion, style; habit, custom.