from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bred or brought up in the country.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. rough and uncouth


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  • But we can, and should, go back even further, to the fons et origo of this sort of thing: the coterie of literary wingnuts who have insisted that Shakespeare was simply too oafish, ill-educated and country-bred to write the plays attributed to him.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • From the above-quoted, second track and single "No Surprise" and on, it's Daughtry 2.0 (down from "You Don't Belong" 's 3.5), which is okay since Leave This Town still kicks its multi-hit, multi-platinum predecessor's ass, alternating between big guitar'd, Creed-inspired grunge-a-longs and country-bred, beer hall breakup ballads across its twelve powerful tracks.

    Mike Ragogna: HuffPost Review: Daughtry - Leave This Town

  • I can only imagine what a heady sense of pure excitement all this must have meant to the country-bred lad from Dorset.

    Hardy bulletin

  • OBAMA: If three civil rights workers in Mississippi -- black, white, Christian and Jew, city-born and country-bred -- could lay down their lives in freedom's cause, I know we can come together to face down the challenges of our own time.

    CNN Transcript Jul 17, 2009

  • I am only sorry to think, that, young and country-bred as thou art, it can but little avail thee.

    The Monastery

  • A court page would not have left her long alone in her mirth; but Roland was country-bred, and, besides, having some jealousy as well as bashfulness, he took it into his head that he was himself the object of her inextinguishable laughter.

    The Abbot

  • This in itself disconcerted me, and routed all my plans; but I went in boldly, and in a moment found myself between a couple of dogs, barking as your true country-bred animal can bark.

    The Message

  • Surely you cannot be so naive, even if you are country-bred.

    Before Midnight

  • I was a country-bred boy — that is if you call Putney country, and Wimbledon Common and that.

    The Wolves and the Lamb

  • Pendennis was a country-bred woman, and the book of life, as she interpreted it, told her a different story to that page which is read in cities.

    The History of Pendennis


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