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[il-man-erd] /ˈɪlˈmæn ərd/
having bad or poor manners; impolite; discourteous; rude.
Origin of ill-mannered
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see ill, mannered
Related forms
ill-manneredly, adverb
ill-manneredness, noun
unpolished, crude, uncivil. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ill-mannered
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  • The ill-mannered rabble outside will not permit me to-day to lunch at home.

  • But his way is to regard most men as ill-mannered and well-meaning.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • Did ye get a fair look at any of the spalpeens that was so ill-mannered as to paap down on ye?

    The Cave in the Mountain Lieut. R. H. Jayne
  • Yes, I know there are porcupines, but porcupines are vicious and ill-mannered.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • Every one is invited, except Lemminkainen, who is passed over as too quarrelsome and ill-mannered.

  • Have you ever been ill-mannered enough to watch the birds going to bed?

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • What were a troop of vulgar and ill-mannered players to him?

    The Golden Censer John McGovern
  • She was uneducated and ill-mannered, impulsive and quarrelsome.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • This, however, seems to be true, that a well-mannered man will not produce an ill-mannered newspaper.

    Ars Recte Vivende George William Curtis
  • At first he is violent and ill-mannered, and is angry at seeing his master overthrown.

    Gorgias Plato
British Dictionary definitions for ill-mannered


having bad manners; rude; impolite
Derived Forms
ill-manneredly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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