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)
4. Sort; kind; style; in this application sometimes having the sense of a plural, sorts or kinds. "Ye tithe mint, and rue, and all manner of herbs." (Luke xi. 42) "I bid thee say, What manner of man art thou?" (Coleridge)
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, or with the manner. [A corruption of to be taken in the mainor. See Mainor] To be taken in the very act. 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.
Origin: OE. Manere, F. Maniere, from OF. Manier, adj, manual, skillful, handy, fr. (assumed) LL. Manarius, for L. Manuarius belonging to the hand, fr. Manus the hand. See Manual.
(01 Mar 1998)
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