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[il-bred] /ˈɪlˈbrɛd/
showing lack of good social breeding; unmannerly; rude.
Origin of ill-bred
1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Is it possible that you did not guess at once how ill-bred that bear was?

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • Still she need not have spoken in that angry tone, and called her “ill-bred.”

  • His whole soul rose in arms against agreeing with that ill-bred little cur, and the rest of this job-lot.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • The man looked angry, and Mr. Bosengate thought: 'An ill-bred dog, that!'

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Hear the ill-bred, heart-racking abuse of the ignorant vulgar.

    The Freedmen's Book Lydia Maria Child
  • Paul felt for the instant that he had been brutal and ill-bred.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • Just think of troubling ones self with a parcel of ill-bred children like those orphanage kids, added Belle Tingley.

  • She knew him quite well for an ill-bred little snob at heart.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • The most ignorant and ill-bred are oftentimes the most polite class of people.

  • Some of them were just as unmannerly and ill-bred as he was.

    The Tale of Jasper Jay Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for ill-bred


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