One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of low birth or origin.‘he was a baseborn prince’
uncouth, vulgar, coarse, rough, unsavoury, boorish, rude, impolite, ill-mannered, unladylike, ungentlemanly, ill-bred, uncivilized, unsophisticated, unrefined, philistine, primitive, savage, brutish, oafish, grossView synonyms
- ‘I had thought this fellow at least an esquire; for I had hoped that even the vilest of my ladies would not have dishonored my Court by wantoning with a baseborn servant.’
- ‘So we decided to have another look at baseborn George and hence the DNA comparison with a member of the Wiltshire family.’
- ‘For they honor money; and the noble weds the baseborn, and the base the highborn; wealth has mixed the race.’
- ‘Much to my regret, both the Confucians and the Mohists have neglected to record the exploits of the baseborn knights.’
- 1.1 Illegitimate.‘his baseborn son’
born out of wedlock, born of unmarried parentsView synonyms
- ‘Amelia Steven's entry noted she was baseborn as her mother's husband had been transported.’
- ‘In the baptism records at Brighton, Sussex, for September 1767 he was quoted as ‘John Cheesman, baseborn son of Barbara Children’.’
- ‘In the 1851 Census, Susan Pearman is living with her parents and one sister, Christiana, and her baseborn daughter Ellen.’
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