American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Badly brought up; impolite and crude.
- adj. Not thoroughbred; underbred. Used of animals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Badly brought up; impolite; rude.
- Badly bred, as a mongrel dog.
- adj. ill-mannered and unrefined because of a bad upbringing or education
- adj. of animals of bad breed
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Badly educated or brought up; impolite; incivil; rude. See Note under ill, adv.
- adj. (of persons) lacking in refinement or grace
“I apologized profusely and explained that I was an American who was not only rude but clearly ill-bred.”
“Except, wait, what the hell does it mean for a word to be “ill-bred”?”
“But I see him for what he is, a nasty, ill-bred creature who thinks he's great.”
“I plan on rubbing this in for a while as an object lesson to others who consider a career as an ill-bred shill.”
“Clemens spent most of his time at the opening session observing a particularly ill-bred Washoe delegate, “Colonel” Jonathan Williams, eating an eighteen-pound raw turnip at his desk while simultaneously ushering through committee a sinuous new bill for a toll road that stretched conveniently from one tollhouse to another.”
“These kids are so appallingly ill-bred," Peter said of certain players, though there were few around this late in the tournament.”
“I told him he was ill-mannered and ill-bred and unappreciative of Mr. Purcel, who works hard on behalf of his clients.”
“And as for the fight with the other cigarette girl'they looked like a pair of hausfraus squabbling ill-naturedly over a cabbage, rather than a pair of ill-bred Spanish cats ready to take knives to each other.”
“Someone told me that one line of defense trotted out for South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson's ill-bred, uncouth and untrue shout of '' You lie! '' at President Obama is that that sort of thing is done all the time in Britain's House of Commons.”
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