Definitions

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

  • adj. Badly brought up; impolite and crude.
  • adj. Not thoroughbred; underbred. Used of animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. ill-mannered and unrefined because of a bad upbringing or education
  • adj. of bad breed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Badly educated or brought up; impolite; incivil; rude. See Note under ill, adv.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Badly brought up; impolite; rude.
  • Badly bred, as a mongrel dog.

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

  • adj. (of persons) lacking in refinement or grace

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Examples

  • I apologized profusely and explained that I was an American who was not only rude but clearly ill-bred.

    An American Wine Lover in Paris

  • Except, wait, what the hell does it mean for a word to be “ill-bred”?

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  • But I see him for what he is, a nasty, ill-bred creature who thinks he's great.

    Mark J. Hulkower, prosecutor in Aldrich Ames spy case, dies at 53

  • I plan on rubbing this in for a while as an object lesson to others who consider a career as an ill-bred shill.

    Sen. Bob Bennett (R, UT) will not be re-elected. | RedState

  • 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.

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

  • "These kids are so appallingly ill-bred," Peter said of certain players, though there were few around this late in the tournament.

    Tennis Frat Boy for a Day

  • I told him he was ill-mannered and ill-bred and unappreciative of Mr. Purcel, who works hard on behalf of his clients.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • 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.

    red dust

  • 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.

    Patt Morrison: Has the Tea Party, Under a New Name, Found Its Leader?

  • 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 t ...

    Patt Morrison: Has the Tea Party, Under a New Name, Found Its Leader?

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