[ haf-breed, hahf- ]

  1. 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.

  1. of or relating to such offspring.

Origin of half-breed

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60

Words Nearby half-breed

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How to use half-breed in a sentence

  • To be sure, he charged them off heavily, so there was little cash left from the half-breed's bootlegging operations.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • Hastily securing his horse the half-breed skirted the ranch and located the girl's trail on the prairie.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for half-breed


  1. offensive a person whose parents are of different races, esp the offspring of a White person and an American Indian

adjectivealso: half-bred
  1. of, relating to, or designating offspring of people or animals of different races or breeds

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