breed

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

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

noun


Origin of breed

before 1000; Middle English breden, Old English brēdan to nourish (cognate with Old High German bruotan, German brüten); noun use from 16th century
Related formsbreed·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·breed, verb (used with object), o·ver·bred, o·ver·breed·ing.re·breed, verb, re·bred, re·breed·ing.sub·breed, noun

Synonyms for breed

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Examples from the Web for overbred

Contemporary Examples of overbred

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.

  • The children might have been drawn by Du Maurier in Punch long ago, to express a family who were overbred.

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn



British Dictionary definitions for overbred

breed

verb breeds, breeding or bred

to bear (offspring)
(tr) to bring up; raise
to produce or cause to produce by mating; propagate
to produce and maintain new or improved strains of (domestic animals and plants)
to produce or be produced; generateto breed trouble; violence breeds in densely populated areas

noun

a group of organisms within a species, esp a group of domestic animals, originated and maintained by man and having a clearly defined set of characteristics
a lineage or racea breed of Europeans
a kind, sort, or groupa special breed of hatred

Word Origin for breed

Old English brēdan, of Germanic origin; related to brood
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Word Origin and History for overbred

breed

v.

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.

breed

n.

"race, lineage, stock" (originally of animals), 1550s, from breed (v.). Of persons, from 1590s. Meaning "kind, species" is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for overbred

breed

[brēd]

Verb

To produce or reproduce by giving birth or hatching.
To raise animals or plants, often to produce new or improved types.

Noun

A group of organisms having common ancestors and sharing certain traits that are not shared with other members of the same species. Breeds are usually produced by mating selected parents.
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Idioms and Phrases with overbred

breed

see familiarity breeds contempt.

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