half-breed

[haf-breed, hahf-]Disparaging and Offensive.

noun

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.

adjective

of or relating to such offspring.

Nearby words

  1. half-board,
  2. half-boot,
  3. half-bottle,
  4. half-bound,
  5. half-breadth plan,
  6. half-brother,
  7. half-buried,
  8. half-bushel,
  9. half-butt,
  10. half-caste

Origin of half-breed

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60

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Examples from the Web for half-breed

  • You figger Rann an' the snake of a half-breed'll get the start of us.

    The Hunted Woman|James Oliver Curwood


British Dictionary definitions for half-breed

half-breed

noun

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

adjective also: half-bred

of, relating to, or designating offspring of people or animals of different races or breeds
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Word Origin and History for half-breed

half-breed

n.

"person of mixed race," 1760; as an adjective by 1762. Half-blooded in this sense is from c.1600.

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