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  1. showing lack of good social breeding; unmannerly; rude.
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Origin of ill-bred

First recorded in 1615–25
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Historical Examples

  • It was considered (as on shore) ill-bred to acknowledge the voice of conscience.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

    Charles Dickens

  • Paul felt for the instant that he had been brutal and ill-bred.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • She was not hurt over the ill-bred manner in which she had been treated.

  • She knew him quite well for an ill-bred little snob at heart.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Still she need not have spoken in that angry tone, and called her “ill-bred.”

British Dictionary definitions for ill-bred


  1. badly brought up; lacking good manners
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Derived Formsill-breeding, noun
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