[ in-bred ]
/ ˈɪnˈbrɛd /


naturally inherent; innate; native: her inbred grace.
resulting from or involved in inbreeding.

Nearby words

  1. inbound,
  2. inbounds,
  3. inbounds line,
  4. inbox,
  5. inbreathe,
  6. inbreed,
  7. inbreeding,
  8. inbreeding depression,
  9. inbuilt,
  10. inby

Origin of inbred

First recorded in 1585–95; past participle of inbreed


[ in-breed, in-breed ]
/ ˈɪnˌbrid, ɪnˈbrid /

verb (used with object), in·bred, in·breed·ing.

to breed (individuals of a closely related group) repeatedly.
to breed within; engender.

verb (used without object), in·bred, in·breed·ing.

to engage in or undergo inbreeding.

Origin of inbreed

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-1 + breed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inbred


/ (ˈɪnˈbrɛd) /


produced as a result of inbreeding
deeply ingrained; innateinbred good manners


/ (ˈɪnˈbriːd) /

verb -breeds, -breeding or -bred

to breed from unions between closely related individuals, esp over several generations
(tr) to develop within; engender
Derived Formsinbreeding, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for inbred



1590s, "native," also "inherent by nature," from in + bred. The genetic sense is from 1892 (cf. inbreeding).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for inbred


[ ĭnbrĕd ]


Produced by inbreeding.
Fixed in the character or disposition as if inherited; deep-seated.

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