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Several minor mannerisms are apparent when she is nervous.
  a manner of doing things

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The exact meaning of mannerism is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "a nervous mannerism" — a distinctive gesture such as thumb twiddling or something else done with hands, body, or voice
  • "an affected mannerism"
      — a deliberate adherence or exaggerated way of speaking, dressing, behaving, or doing things
  • "a distinctive mannerism" — an unusual idiosyncrasy or habitual behavioral trait
  • "the Mannerism style of painting" — a manner of painting common in 16th-century Europe and characterized by lengthened human forms and vivid colors
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  • Several minor mannerisms are apparent when she is nervous.
  • a mannerism she picked up as a pilot
  • The impressionist captured all of her mannerisms.
  • Greco was influenced both by Mannerism and the painting of icons.

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  • He recognized the value to him of such a mannerism and he had adopted it; he knew that to be careless in dress and manner required more confidence than to be careful.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • Dr. Finch had drunk so long and so deep of his heady brew that his being was shot through with curious mannerisms and odd exclamations.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • To Thomas, everyone’s actions and mannerisms seemed . exaggerated.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • It was early October when Daniel first entered our home, a gangly, towheaded boy with rough country mannerisms and a shyness I hadn’t anticipated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • There was something in the shape of her head, something in her mannerisms, and now, as she raised her eyes and caught sight of Gretchen’s camera gliding toward her, a clear recognition that something very serious was happening.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Not only any actual misdemeanour, but any eccentricity, however small, any change of habits, any nervous mannerism that could possibly be the symptom of an inner struggle, is certain to be detected.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • The maltster cleared his throat in an exaggerated form for emphasis, and elongating his gaze to the remotest point of the ashpit, said, in the slow speech justifiable when the importance of a subject is so generally felt that any mannerism must be tolerated in getting at it, "Well, I don’t mind the year I were born in, but perhaps I can reckon up the places I’ve lived at, and so get it that way.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • "It is said ." What a curious speech mannerism they have here.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • But, as a matter of fact, we each derived a certain amount of satisfaction from the mannerism, being still at the age in which one believes that one gives a thing real existence by giving it a name.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • With that she clutched at her heart, a mannerism she uses only in the most engaging of expressions.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • What Anderson employs here is a stylized version of the American language, sometimes rising to quite formal rhetorical patterns and sometimes sinking to a self-conscious mannerism.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Had to let you know I’d figured you out, though It wasn’t any particular mannerism, any simple thing you said just your general style, thinking, talking, the electronics, everything, after I got more and more bothered by the familiarity, after I checked you on petrochem, and marine bio, Wish I knew what you’d really been up to all these years Never know now.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • I was surprised, and joyfully, that she was so much the woman, and the display of each trait and mannerism that was characteristically feminine gave me keener joy.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Peter ran a hand through his thick head of silver hair, a nervous mannerism shared by Katherine.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • That mannerism of his was exaggerated in the dance.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Her every mannerism represented grace.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • A mannerism?
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • And Metty could match him; Metty had absorbed many of the intonations of the local language, and the mannerisms that went with the language.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It tore me to think of Frank, to recall his face and voice, his mannerisms, his style of lovemaking.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • And not just her looks, but the way she walked, her mannerisms—stiff, without a hint of joy.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • He was small and nimble, pacing the school office with his manic yet businesslike movements and mannerisms.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Not so much in your appearance, but in your mannerisms.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • You learn to pick up on mannerisms, or looks that last just a little too long.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • My door slammed open, and in walked First Sergeant Anderson, a high school senior with an impressively premature five-o’clock shadow, a scruffy voice, and the posture and mannerisms of a bulldog.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The poor lady sang Killarney in a bodiless gasping voice, with all the old-fashioned mannerisms of intonation and pronunciation which she believed lent elegance to her singing.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • In fact, the hardest moments for kids on the Fugees came when they were expected to be entirely one or the other: when their parents pressured them to dress and speak the way children did in the old country, or when the American kids at school mocked them for their accents, strange mannerisms, and unfamiliarity with American customs.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Mrs. Richardson, the office secretary and a very down-to-earth person, had acquired overnight a dainty lot of whispery, tiptoe mannerisms, and the men she served, the sheriff and his staff, Dewey and the imported team of K.B.I. agents, crept about conversing in hushed tones.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Islanders knew him as a nautical sot who affected the gait and mannerisms of a sea captain: he tipped his captain’s hard-billed blue cap wherever he went on San Piedro.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • You’ve borne my guff and my wisecracks and my annoying mannerisms much better than I have any right to expect.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Mentally, the likeness between them, as Newland was aware, was less complete than their identical mannerisms often made it appear.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • These were mannerisms appropriate only to dualistic reason.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • From that face squinted and still behind the curling smoke from the cigarette which was not touched once with hand until it burned down and was spat out and ground beneath a heel, Joe was to acquire one of his own mannerisms.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • His mannerisms stamped him as a man who had a correct sense of his personal superiority.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • I wonder, sometimes, if I would have seen anything of myself in him, in his face, in his mannerisms.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Had his political philosophy been more popular, his personal mannerisms would still have made close alliances difficult.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The ex-footballer who had once craved some of Leo Ryan’s "boards" for his football pants now adapted some of Mike’s mannerisms: Like Mike, he wore his helmet cocked to one side.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • How useless then sexual mannerisms, how dangerous.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • My sister, chameleonlike, would change her voice or hair overnight to match the mannerisms of whoever was next.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • Nothing can be more dangerous for the fame of a professor of the fine arts, than to permit (if he can possibly prevent it) the character of a mannerist to be attached to him, or that he should be supposed capable of success only in a particular and limited style.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • His voice had no conspicuous actor’s mannerisms, but it was rather excessively vibrant; it "carried" implacably when he had no interest in controlling it.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • He has the salesman’s mannerisms of speech, an easy flow of glib, persuasive convincingness.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • He was of that lower secretarial type who at forty have engraved upon their business cards: "Assistant to the President," and without a sigh consecrate the rest of their lives to second-hand mannerisms.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Clyde, being not a little overawed by her spirit and mannerisms, was at a loss what else to say for the moment, but he need not have worried—her chief interest in life was herself.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The school has adopted many of the odd, quirky mannerisms of Charleston itself, an osmotic, subterranean effect, and each has shaped the other, magnified the other’s flaws, reinforced the other’s strengths.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Many of their mannerisms, pronunciations, and turns of speech had been consciously copied from white Communists whom they had recently met.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
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