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NOUN (3)

1. how something is done or how it happens;
- Example: "her dignified manner"
- Example: "his rapid manner of talking"
- Example: "their nomadic mode of existence"
- Example: "in the characteristic New York style"
- Example: "a lonely way of life"
- Example: "in an abrasive fashion"
[syn: manner, mode, style, way, fashion]

2. a way of acting or behaving;
[syn: manner, personal manner]

3. a kind;
- Example: "what manner of man are you?"


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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves after a gentle, but very powerful, manner. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them. --Acts xvii. 2. [1913 Webster] Air and manner are more expressive than words. --Richardson. [1913 Webster] (b) pl. Carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming behavior; well-bred carriage and address; as, mind your manners!. [1913 Webster] Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. --Emerson. [1913 Webster] (c) The style of writing or thought of an author; characteristic peculiarity of an artist. [1913 Webster] 3. Certain degree or measure; as, it is in a manner done already. [1913 Webster] The bread is in a manner common. --1 Sam. xxi.5. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] I bid thee say, What manner of man art thou? --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] Note: In old usage, of was often omitted after manner, when employed in this sense. "A manner Latin corrupt was her speech." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 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. [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 salutation. Manners bit, a portion left in a dish for the sake of good manners. --Hallwell. [1913 Webster] Syn: Method; mode; custom; habit; fashion; air; look; mien; aspect; appearance. See Method. [1913 Webster] Mannerchor
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

manner 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: manner, mode, style, way, fashion] 2: a way of acting or behaving [syn: manner, personal manner] 3: a kind; "what manner of man are you?"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

246 Moby Thesaurus words for "manner": MO, action, actions, activity, acts, address, affectation, affectedness, air, algorithm, amenities, angle, appearance, approach, area, aspect, attack, attitude, bag, bearing, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm, behavioral science, blood, bon ton, brand, breed, carriage, cast, ceremony, character, civility, clan, color, command of language, complexion, comportment, conduct, configuration, conformity, consuetude, convention, course, culture pattern, cup of tea, custom, decorum, demeanor, denomination, deportment, description, designation, doing, doings, effect, eidolon, established way, etiquette, exaggeration, expression of ideas, exteriority, externality, externalness, extrinsicality, facet, fashion, feather, feature, feeling for words, field, figure, folkway, foreignness, form, form of speech, formalities, forte, genre, genus, gestalt, gestures, goings-on, good form, grace of expression, grain, grandiloquence, guise, habit, habitude, idiosyncrasy, ilk, image, imago, impression, inflation, kidney, kin, kind, label, light, likeness, line, line of action, lineaments, lines, literary style, long suit, look, lot, main interest, maintien, make, manner of speaking, manner of working, mannerism, manners, mark, means, method, methodology, methods, metier, mien, mode, mode of expression, mode of operation, mode of procedure, modus, modus operandi, modus vivendi, mold, mores, motions, movements, moves, nature, niceties, number, observable behavior, observance, openness, order, outerness, outward appearance, outwardness, pattern, peculiarity, personal style, persuasion, pet subject, phase, phasis, phylum, poise, politeness, politesse, port, pose, posture, practice, praxis, prescription, presence, procedure, proceeding, process, proper thing, proprieties, protocol, pursuit, race, reference, regard, respect, rhetoric, ritual, routine, seeming, semblance, sense of language, shallowness, shape, side, simulacrum, slant, social code, social convention, social graces, social science, sort, specialism, speciality, specialization, specialty, species, stamp, standard behavior, standard usage, standing custom, strain, stripe, strong point, style, stylistic analysis, stylistics, superficiality, system, tack, tactics, technicality, technique, tenor, the drill, the grand style, the how, the like of, the likes of, the plain style, the sublime, the way of, thing, time-honored practice, tone, total effect, tradition, tribe, trick, turn, twist, type, usage, use, variety, vein, view, viewpoint, vocation, way, way of life, ways, weakness, what is done, wise, wont, wonting