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[uhn-der-bred] /ˌʌn dərˈbrɛd/
having inferior breeding or manners; vulgar.
not of pure breed, as a horse.
Origin of underbred
First recorded in 1640-50; under- + bred
Related forms
[uhn-der-bree-ding] /ˌʌn dərˈbri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for underbred
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  • They plainly did not know how to treat me, but behaved like persons who are underbred.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • The man might be rude and underbred; he was rude and underbred!

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • It was, somehow, so underbred to owe money to all sorts of people.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • She is not the kind of person; she is underbred, uneducated.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • I should be sorry for him myself—if only he were not such an underbred beast!

  • I like most people, but she was underbred—at One Hundredth Street?

    A Pasteboard Crown Clara Morris
  • He is (as the man said who wrote a poem about New York) vulgar of manner, underbred.

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley
  • Both disliked Home very much, and thought him an underbred Yankee quack and charlatan.

  • I assumed that it had been developed in the City, where Charlie was picking up the curious nasal drawl of the underbred City man.

  • Vulgarity alone was criminal; and the sins of the underbred admitted of no palliation.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for underbred


of impure stock; not thoroughbred
a less common word for ill-bred
Derived Forms
underbreeding, noun
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Word Origin and History for underbred

"of inferior breeding, vulgar," 1640s, from under + past participle of breed (v.). Of animals, "not pure bred," attested from 1890.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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