Definition of actorly in English:

actorly

adjective

  • 1Characteristic of an actor or actress.

    ‘he seems to lack the actorly range that the role requires’
    • ‘The power comes from what the performance reveals about Depp, not what bits of actorly business he hides behind.’
    • ‘He had conveyed the strange hold the ring had on him with in wonderfully actorly fashion.’
    • ‘He demonstrated a keen actorly sixth sense during the shoots.’
    • ‘It is a good metaphor for the self-centredness of the production itself - the dramatic stripped away in favour of actorly seriousness.’
    • ‘They're not doing the nominees on stage for the actorly awards.’
    • ‘Playing a character with two personalities may be a noble and actorly thing to attempt, unfortunately it is also difficult.’
    • ‘So will the twins be following in their famous parents' actorly footsteps?’
    • ‘Though he is unquestionably a movie star, he seems to lack the actorly range that the role requires.’
    • ‘These are not nuanced performances, with actorly ticks and tricks.’
    • ‘Some dancers take an actorly route, constantly clarifying their character's story so that the movement is motivated by the emotion.’
    • ‘His actorly slam-dunk is equalled, however, by half-lidded ingenue Scarlett Johansson, whose sheer unlikelihood as a romantic foil paradoxically renders her perfect.’
    • ‘His performance skills are less obtrusive than those of his actorly predecessors simply because we are already familiar with the style.’
    • ‘His actorly tricks, now so familiar, are rarely in evidence.’
    stage, dramatic, thespian, dramaturgical
    1. 1.1Affected or excessively dramatic.
      ‘she eschews the actorly flourishes of her co-star’
      • ‘The film doesn't reek of actorly vanity or the shameless pursuit of Oscar glory.’
      • ‘Thankfully it also comes across as an actorly affectation and isn't written into the character's story.’
      • ‘He admits, nonetheless, that other stories about his life, such as his actorly eccentricities, are not entirely fabricated.’
      • ‘He didn't just direct this adaptation, he wrote the screenplay, yet this movie isn't filled with actorly moments.’
      • ‘Actually, this accent is one of the few flaws in a great performance: one is too aware of the actorly concept, of the art that fails to conceal art.’
      exaggerated, ostentatious, actressy, stagy, showy, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, overripe, histrionic, actorly, affected, mannered, artificial, stilted, unreal, forced

Pronunciation

actorly

/ˈaktəli/