[haf-breed, hahf-]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
An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
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Examples from the Web for half-breed
A few days later, a Half-Breed delegation arrived in Washington, begging for his assistance.
They shouted and scuffled as the Half-Breed gatekeepers shoved them aside.
There was a half-breed among them, both whose hearts were black.The Trail Book
Someone told me they're called 'Jazz Louie and his half-breed bunch.'Alice Adams
The moment Stanley Fyles had disappeared he turned back to the half-breed.The Law-Breakers
The half-breed did not reply, but crouched and pointed with his hand.Murder Point
The half-breed grinned, and displayed a flashing set of teeth.The Night Riders
- 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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