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Compare Old French menagerie, mesnagerie. See manage and compare menagerie.


managery (countable and uncountable, plural manageries)

  1. Management; manner of using; conduct; direction.
  2. Husbandry; economy; frugality.
    • 1724, Gilbert Burnet, Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Time, Volume I, Book II: The History of the Reign of King Charles II, p. 330,[2]
      But they found [] , to their cost, that their unreasonable managery in that particular drew upon them an expence of many millions []
  3. (obsolete) Something requiring management; a project.
    • 1742, Roger North, The Life of the Honourable Sir Dudley North, London: John Whiston, p. 182,[3]
      [] if a Man has several Manageries upon his Hands, and the Books and Papers of them lie together, Confusion is apt to grow, not only among them but, in his Head []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for managery in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)