mannerism mannerism  /ˈmæ nə ˌrɪ zəm/


  1. (n) a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
  2. (n) a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display


  1. Finney grumbles and hobbles through his part, employing mannerism instead of nuance.
  2. Her extensive experience, articulation, knowledge and strong mannerism really makes her an excellent candidate for the presidential race.
  3. He seemed oblivious of the crowd, but it was just a mannerism: he knew full well that all eyes were on him.


  • Smelly Socks: Whatever will be, will be

    We all like to think that our kids will somehow get some of our traits, either by genetics or by osmosis. And when we recognize that one little quirk, mannerism or facial expression, we think, "Yep, he or she is just like me or my spouse."
    on January 24, 2014     Source: The Victoria Advocate

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  1. "Everybody, on some level or another, has some mannerism - whether it's verbal or physical - that they wish they didn't have," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a Democrat who noted she's not backing anyone for the potential Senate...
    on Dec 30, 2008 By: Christine Quinn Source: Seattle Times

  2. A backlash has built up speed since the late 1990s, when Rowan Moore, director of the Architecture Foundation, said his "style has hardened into mannerism".
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Rowan Moore Source: Independent

  3. "They are definitely different in their mannerism and different stuff but nevertheless he's just as effective in teaching guys what he wants out of his system," Harris said of Frazier. "It's a great scheme and I'm happy to be a part of it."
    on Oct 17, 2008 By: Napoleon Harris Source: Rocky Mountain News

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