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[il-man-erd] /ˈɪlˈmæn ərd/
having bad or poor manners; impolite; discourteous; rude.
Origin of ill-mannered
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at 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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  • She was uneducated and ill-mannered, impulsive and quarrelsome.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • At first he is violent and ill-mannered, and is angry at seeing his master overthrown.

    Gorgias Plato
  • He was, it must be remembered, a very rich man, and could afford to be ill-mannered.


    Henry Seton Merriman
  • And ill-mannered as this was, Mr. and Mrs. Skratdj never put a stop to it.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • I didn't want him to think that I was such an ill-mannered brute as I seemed.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • But his way is to regard most men as ill-mannered and well-meaning.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • Yes, I know there are porcupines, but porcupines are vicious and ill-mannered.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • Have you ever been ill-mannered enough to watch the birds going to bed?

    Our Bird Comrades

    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • I didn't mean to be ill-mannered, but I didn't know the half of this that you've been telling.

  • It is not you but the ill-mannered Alexandrians who invented that name!

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for ill-mannered


having bad manners; rude; impolite
Derived Forms
ill-manneredly, adverb
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