Part of speech: adjective

Not thoroughbred.

Part of speech: adjective

Lacking in good breeding.

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Usage examples "underbred":

  1. But in her own circumstances she did unconsciously a great deal more,- and she disliked to fill her mind with money matters, considering it vulgar and underbred to dwell long on them. - "Together", Robert Herrick (1868-1938).
  2. And it was then that the great day came, the marvellous day when We- hro discovered his second self, his playmate, his loyal, unselfish, loving friend- his underbred, unwashed, hungry, vagabond dog, born white and spotless, but begrimed by contact with the world, the mud, and the white man's hovel. - "The Shagganappi", E. Pauline Johnson.
  3. Everything seemed to have gone amiss, and the man's coarse, underbred nature had been in the ascendant all day long: he had thumped the desk with his great fists, abused, found fault unreasonably, uttered outrageous things, and behaved generally as he actually was- beneath the thin veneer of acquired business varnish. - "Four Weird Tales", Algernon Blackwood.