manner born


1 [man-er]
a way of doing, being done, or happening; mode of action, occurrence, etc.: I don't like the manner in which he complained.
the prevailing customs, ways of living, and habits of a people, class, period, etc.; mores: The novels of Jane Austen are concerned with the manners of her time.
ways of behaving with reference to polite standards; social comportment: That child has good manners.
a person's outward bearing; way of speaking to and treating others: She has a charming manner.
characteristic or customary way of doing, making, saying, etc.: houses built in the 19th-century manner.
air of distinction: That old gentleman had quite a manner.
(used with a singular or plural verb) kind; sort: What manner of man is he? All manner of things were happening.
characteristic style in art, literature, or the like: verses in the manner of Spenser.
nature; character.
guise; fashion.
by all manner of means, by all means; certainly.
by no manner of means, under no circumstances; by no means; certainly not: She was by no manner of means a frivolous person.
in a manner, so to speak; after a fashion; somewhat.
in a manner of speaking, in a way; as it were; so to speak: We were, in a manner of speaking, babes in the woods.
to the manner born,
accustomed by birth to a high position: He was a gentleman to the manner born.
used to a particular custom, activity, or role from birth.

1125–75; Middle English manere < Anglo-French; Old French maniereVulgar Latin *manuāria, noun use of feminine of manuārius handy, convenient (Latin: of, pertaining to the hand). See manus, -er2

manna, manner, manor.

1. method. 3. 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. Unabridged
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manner (ˈmænə)
1.  a way of doing or being
2.  a person's bearing and behaviour: she had a cool manner
3.  the style or customary way of doing or accomplishing something: sculpture in the Greek manner
4.  type or kind: what manner of man is this?
5.  mannered style, as in art; mannerism
6.  by all manner of means certainly; of course
7.  by no manner of means definitely not: he was by no manner of means a cruel man
8.  in a manner of speaking in a way; so to speak
9.  to the manner born naturally fitted to a specified role or activity
[C12: via Norman French from Old French maniere, from Vulgar Latin manuāria (unattested) a way of handling something, noun use of Latin manuārius belonging to the hand, from manus hand]

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Word Origin & History

late 12c., from Anglo-Fr. manere, from O.Fr. maniere (Fr. manière), from V.L. *manaria, from fem. of L. manuarius "belonging to the hand," from manus "hand" (see manual). Most figurative meanings derive from the original sense of "method of handling;" which was extended
when the word was used to translate L. modus "method." To the manner born ("Hamlet" I iv.15) is generally used incorrectly, and means "destined by birth to be subject to the custom."
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