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[il-bred] /ˈɪlˈbrɛd/
showing lack of good social breeding; unmannerly; rude.
Origin of ill-bred
1615-25 Unabridged
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  • Nothing could be more ill-bred than to treat curtly any overture made in spontaneous friendliness.
  • In the former picture puss is persecuted and her nerves are upset by the intrusion at meal-time of a pair of ill-bred terriers.
  • Let them then leave these impieties to those who are sufficiently ill-bred to be really capable of them.
  • There are lots of anachronistically ill-bred children.
  • It appears to be recognized as not ill-bred to stare at a lady so long as there is anything left of her.
  • The face on which sundry ill-bred wrinkles begin to make inroads, is not nearly so unlike the smooth.
British Dictionary definitions for ill-bred


badly brought up; lacking good manners
Derived Forms
ill-breeding, noun
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