underbred (adj.) "of inferior breeding, vulgar," 1640s, from UNDER (Cf. under) + pp. of BREED (Cf. breed) (v.). Of animals, "not pure bred," attested from 1890.

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  • Underbred — Un der*bred , a. Not thoroughly bred; ill bred; as, an underbred fellow. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • underbred — index ignoble Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • underbred — [un΄dər bred′] adj. 1. lacking good manners; ill bred 2. not of pure breed …   English World dictionary

  • underbred — adjective Date: 1650 marked by lack of good breeding ; ill bred < a degree of underbred pride Emily Brönte > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • underbred — underbreeding /un deuhr bree ding/, n. /un deuhr bred /, adj. 1. having inferior breeding or manners; vulgar. 2. not of pure breed, as a horse. [1640 50; UNDER + BRED] * * * …   Universalium

  • underbred — adjective a) of inferior breeding b) lacking in manners or finesse Syn: uncouth, rude, impolite Ant …   Wiktionary

  • underbred — adj. not of good breeding, ill mannered, rude; not pure bred …   English contemporary dictionary

  • underbred — adjective dated bad mannered; rude …   English new terms dictionary

  • underbred — a. Unmannerly, uncivil …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • underbred — /ˈʌndəbrɛd/ (say unduhbred) adjective 1. of inferior breeding or manners; vulgar. 2. not of pure breed, as a horse …   Australian English dictionary

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