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[haf-breed, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌbrid, ˈhɑf-/ Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to the offspring of parents of different racial origin, especially the offspring of an American Indian and a white person of European descent.
of or relating to such offspring.
Origin of half-breed
1750-60, Americanism Unabridged
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  • We will start at daybreak with our friend, and a half-breed as a guide.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • There was a half-breed among them, both whose hearts were black.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The idea of connecting Jean and the half-breed never entered his head.

    The Wilderness Trail Frank Williams
  • The half-breed grinned, and displayed a flashing set of teeth.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • His mother was a full-blooded Chippewa, and his father a half-breed with a French-Canadian name.

  • And after that, when you got better, did the half-breed leave you undisturbed or did he come back?

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • At least once a week, the entire party of young men went with Philip Tremble, the half-breed hunter, for deer or moose.

    On the Edge of the Arctic Harry Lincoln Sayler
  • That fourth wound he knew had not been inflicted by the half-breed.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for half-breed


(offensive) a person whose parents are of different races, esp the offspring of a White person and an American Indian
of, relating to, or designating offspring of people or animals of different races or breeds
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Word Origin and History for half-breed

"person of mixed race," 1760; as an adjective by 1762. Half-blooded in this sense is from c.1600.

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