The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Manner \Man"ner\, n. [OE. manere, F. mani[`e]re, from OF.
manier, adj., manual, skillful, handy, fr. (assumed) LL.
manarius, for L. manuarius belonging to the hand, fr. manus
the hand. See Manual.]
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
The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves
after a gentle, but very powerful, manner.
2. Characteristic mode of acting, conducting, carrying one's
self, or the like; bearing; habitual style.
[1913 Webster] Specifically:
(a) Customary method of acting; habit.
Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them.
Air and manner are more expressive than words.
(b) pl. Carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming
behavior; well-bred carriage and address; as, mind
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
(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
The bread is in a manner common. --1 Sam.
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.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
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
By any manner of means, in any way possible; by any sort of
To be taken in the manner or To be taken with the manner.
[A corruption of to be taken in the mainor. See Mainor.]
To be taken in the very act. [Obs.] See Mainor.
To make one's manners, to make a bow or courtesy; to offer
Manners bit, a portion left in a dish for the sake of good
Syn: Method; mode; custom; habit; fashion; air; look; mien;
aspect; appearance. See Method.
[1913 Webster] Mannerchor