verb (used with object), bred, breed·ing.
- to cause to reproduce by controlled pollination.
- to improve by controlled pollination and selection.
verb (used without object), bred, breed·ing.
Origin of breed
Synonyms for breed
Examples from the Web for overbred
Contemporary Examples of overbred
And then heirloom varieties tend to be more nutritious—and delicious—than modern, overbred varieties.This Book Will Change the Way You Eat
December 19, 2013
Historical Examples of overbred
She had basic features similar to those of that overbred poppycock, Balt Haer.Mercenary
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Overbred animals have little stamina; they resemble in this respect the "weedy" colts so often reared from first-class racers.Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development
The children might have been drawn by Du Maurier in Punch long ago, to express a family who were overbred.Man and Maid
verb breeds, breeding or bred
Word Origin for breed
Old English bredan "bring young to birth, carry," also "cherish, keep warm," from West Germanic *brodjan (cf. Old High German bruoten, German brüten "to brood, hatch"), from *brod- "fetus, hatchling," from PIE *bhreue- "burn, heat" (see brood (n.)). Original notion of the word was incubation, warming to hatch. Sense of "grow up, be reared" (in a clan, etc.) is late 14c. Related: Bred; breeding.
"race, lineage, stock" (originally of animals), 1550s, from breed (v.). Of persons, from 1590s. Meaning "kind, species" is from 1580s.
see familiarity breeds contempt.