from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having only one parent that is purebred; half-blooded. Used of animals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Half-blooded.
  • adj. Imperfectly acquainted with the rules of good-breeding; not well trained.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of mixed breed; mongrel: as, a half-bred dog, horse, etc.
  • Imperfectly acquainted with the rules of good breeding.

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

  • adj. (of animals) having only one purebred parent


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  • A Roma would trust anyone before a diddakoibefore the half-bred people who were born of gypsy and gorja.

    Excerpt: An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear

  • 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.

    The Elvis Latte

  • 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.

    The Elvis Latte

  • 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.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • I came this way with the falcon on purpose to find you, and yon half-bred lubbard told me which way you took flight.

    The Abbot

  • Arabian which looks like a Kurdish half-bred, the descendant of those Cappadocians so much prized by the Romans: in Syria I rode a

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So, he spat, like your mother, you prefer this creature, this half-bred demon thing to your own blood, your own family?

    The Mortal Instruments: Book One: City of Bones

  • I had brought out two first-rate horses, both stallions, one half-bred, the other three-quarters; they were called Salim and Harpash.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • I often think a parvenue, or half-bred woman, would burst if she had to do as I do.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • 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.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte


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