well-bred

  • 1 Well bred — Bred Bred, imp. & p. p. of {Breed}. [1913 Webster] {Bred out}, degenerated. The strain of man s bred out into baboon and monkey. Shak. {Bred to arms}. See under {Arms}. {Well bred}. (a) Of a good family; having a good pedigree. A gentleman well… …

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  • 2 well-bred — [ ,wel bred ] adjective 1. ) OLD FASHIONED someone who is well bred has been taught good manners and given a good education: a well bred young lady 2. ) a well bred animal has good qualities because of good BREEDING …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 3 Well-bred — a. Having good breeding; refined in manners; polite; cultivated. [1913 Webster] I am as well bred as the earl s granddaughter. Thackera?. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 well-bred — adj old fashioned someone who is well bred is polite, and behaves as if they come from a family of high social class ▪ a well bred, courteous young man …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 well-bred — [wel′bred′] adj. 1. showing good breeding; courteous and considerate 2. of good stock: said of animals …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 well-bred — [adj] mannerly aristocratic, blueblooded*, civil, considerate, courteous, courtly, cultivated, cultured, gallant, genteel, gentle, noble, patrician, polished, polite, refined, taught, trained, upper crust*, urbane, well behaved, well mannered;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 well-bred — index civil (polite), proper Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 well-bred — well′ bred′ adj. 1) showing good breeding, as in behavior or manners 2) (of animals) of a desirable breed or pedigree • Etymology: 1590–1600 …

    From formal English to slang

  • 9 well bred — ▶ adjective WELL BROUGHT UP, polite, civil, mannerly, courteous, respectful; ladylike, gentlemanly, genteel, cultivated, urbane, proper, refined, polished, well behaved. * * * …

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  • 10 well-bred — UK [ˌwel ˈbred] / US adjective 1) someone who is well bred has been taught good manners and given a good education and is often from a high social class a well bred young lady 2) a well bred animal has good qualities because of good breeding …

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  • 11 well-bred — also well bred ADJ GRADED A well bred person is very polite and has good manners. She was too well bred to want to hurt the little boy s feelings. Syn: well mannered …

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  • 12 well-bred — /ˈwɛl brɛd/ (say wel bred) adjective 1. well brought up, as persons. 2. showing good breeding, as behaviour, manners, etc. 3. of good breed, as a domestic animal. Also, (especially in predicative use), well bred /wɛl ˈbrɛd/ (say wel bred) …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 well-bred — /wel bred /, adj. 1. well brought up; properly trained and educated: a well bred boy. 2. showing good breeding, as in behavior or manners. 3. (of animals) of a desirable breed or pedigree. [1590 1600] * * * …

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  • 14 well-bred — adjective a well bred youngster such as yourself should not be cavorting with people of their station Syn: well brought up, polite, civil, mannerly, courteous, respectful; ladylike, gentlemanly, genteel, cultivated, urbane, proper, refined,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 well-bred — adjective Date: circa 1589 1. having or displaying good breeding ; refined 2. having a good pedigree < well bred swine > …

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  • 16 well bred — see well bred …

    English dictionary

  • 17 well-bred — adjective old fashioned very polite, behaving or speaking as if you come from a family of high social class: the epitome of a well bred Englishwoman who never shows her feelings …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 well-bred — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. well behaved or brought up; noble, wellborn, gentle; courteous, polished, sauve, polite. See courtesy, nobility. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. courteous, considerate, mannerly; see polite 1 , refined… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 well-bred — adj 1. well brought up, well trained, well mannered, well behaved, highbred; polite, civil, mannerly, courteous; gracious, ladylike, ladyish, courtly, gentlemanly, gentlemanlike; debonair, charming, chivalrous, chivalric, gallant, cavalier. 2.… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 20 well-bred — adjective a) well mannered and refined because of a good upbringing and education b) of good breed …

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