American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having only one parent that is purebred; half-blooded. Used of animals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of mixed breed; mongrel: as, a half-bred dog, horse, etc.
- Imperfectly acquainted with the rules of good breeding.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Half-blooded.
- adj. Imperfectly acquainted with the rules of good-breeding; not well trained.
- adj. (of animals) having only one purebred parent
“A Roma would trust anyone before a diddakoibefore the half-bred people who were born of gypsy and gorja.”
“The Director thought that the changeling, whom he had seen, was very likely a half-bred hunter, which hadn't been eligible for Stud Book entry in the first place, and of whom there would be no official record anywhere.”
“Vivi, deciding that they should use a half-bred unregistered throw-out as their entry to the sales, had bought one from a knacker's yard for peanuts; a bay with a white star, common as dirt.”
“A half-bred, half-acting, half-thinking, half-daring caitiff, whose poorest thoughts — and those which deserve that name must be poor indeed — are not the produce of his own understanding.”
“I came this way with the falcon on purpose to find you, and yon half-bred lubbard told me which way you took flight.”
“Arabian which looks like a Kurdish half-bred, the descendant of those Cappadocians so much prized by the Romans: in Syria I rode a”
“So, he spat, like your mother, you prefer this creature, this half-bred demon thing to your own blood, your own family?”
“I had brought out two first-rate horses, both stallions, one half-bred, the other three-quarters; they were called Salim and Harpash.”
“I often think a parvenue, or half-bred woman, would burst if she had to do as I do.”
“Often had Moore gazed with a brilliant countenance over howling crowds from a hostile hustings: he had breasted the storm of unpopularity with gallant bearing and soul elate; but he drooped his head under the half-bred tradesmen's praise, and shrank chagrined before their congratulations.”
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