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From Middle English manerly, equivalent to manner +‎ -ly.



mannerly (comparative more mannerly, superlative most mannerly)

  1. Polite, having good manners.
    • c. 1590–1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
      Lucetta, as thou lov'st me, let me have / What thou think'st meet, and is most mannerly.
    • 1861, Charlotte Yonge, The Young Step-Mother
      ...but Genevieve's laugh roused her again, partly because she thought it less mannerly than accorded with the girl's usual politeness.

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mannerly (comparative more mannerly, superlative most mannerly)

  1. Politely; with good manners.