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mannered (adj) (of behavior, art, writing, etc.,) unnatural, meant to impress people.
A personís behavior is mannered if he behaves in an unnatural manner just to impress people. A writerís style is mannered if they write a scholarly style just to impress their readers. A person walking in measured steps and with an artificial look has mannered movements.
- Invite him to a party and his behavior changes. He is no longer his natural self. He assumes mannered behavior and tries to appear refined, just to impress people.
- Johnsonís mannered behavior makes him look ridiculous, because when he behaves in such a formal manner, he appears pompous and that amuses people.