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[il-bred] /ˈɪlˈbrɛd/
showing lack of good social breeding; unmannerly; rude.
Origin of ill-bred
First recorded in 1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ill-bred
Historical Examples
  • It was considered (as on shore) ill-bred to acknowledge the voice of conscience.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Paul felt for the instant that he had been brutal and ill-bred.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • She was not hurt over the ill-bred manner in which she had been treated.

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

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • She had not meant to be ill-bred; she had no idea she was playing a joke.

  • Still she need not have spoken in that angry tone, and called her “ill-bred.”

  • He knew she would think him ill-bred, he was ashamed of himself, but he could not help it.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • She knew that the intruder was ill-bred, even before she glanced at him.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • Cecil got up; the man was ill-bred—he hadn't put on his coat after tennis—he didn't do.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • The man looked angry, and Mr. Bosengate thought: 'An ill-bred dog, that!'

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for ill-bred


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