- having inferior breeding or manners; vulgar.
- not of pure breed, as a horse.
Origin of underbred
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Examples from the Web for underbred
They plainly did not know how to treat me, but behaved like persons who are underbred.The American Mind
The man might be rude and underbred; he was rude and underbred!A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
It was, somehow, so underbred to owe money to all sorts of people.Beyond
She is not the kind of person; she is underbred, uneducated.Phoebe, Junior
Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
I should be sorry for him myself—if only he were not such an underbred beast!
- of impure stock; not thoroughbred
- a less common word for ill-bred
Word Origin and History for underbred
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