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
- ‘So we decided to have another look at baseborn George and hence the DNA comparison with a member of the Wiltshire family.’
- ‘Much to my regret, both the Confucians and the Mohists have neglected to record the exploits of the baseborn knights.’
- ‘For they honor money; and the noble weds the baseborn, and the base the highborn; wealth has mixed the race.’
- ‘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.’
- 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.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.