Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[uhn-siv-uh-lahyzd] /ʌnˈsɪv əˌlaɪzd/
not civilized or cultured; barbarous.
Origin of uncivilized
First recorded in 1600-10; un-1 + civilized
Related forms
[uhn-siv-uh-lahy-zid-lee, -lahyzd-] /ʌnˈsɪv əˌlaɪ zɪd li, -ˌlaɪzd-/ (Show IPA),
uncivilizedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for uncivilized
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Things are not so uncivilized in Andorra as one might think!

  • Ah, those masses of people--unintelligent, superstitious, uncivilized!

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • And still they will come, the uncivilized and unchristianized descendants of ancestors whom we neglected.

    What and Where is God? Richard La Rue Swain
  • He also brought in English workmen to teach the uncivilized Danes.

  • They have trolley cars down in this country, and I don't think it looks quite as wild and uncivilized as you expected.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • This is the lesson I have been taught by my observations of uncivilized man.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • In uncivilized society a widow is considered dangerous because the ghost of her husband is supposed to cling to her.

    Taboo and Genetics Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
British Dictionary definitions for uncivilized


(of a tribe or people) not yet civilized, esp preliterate
lacking culture or sophistication
Derived Forms
uncivilizedly, uncivilisedly (ʌnˈsɪvɪˌlaɪzɪdlɪ) adverb
uncivilizedness, uncivilisedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for uncivilized

c.1600, "barbarous," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of civilize. Uncivil in the same sense is recorded from 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for uncivilized

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for uncivilized

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for uncivilized