Definition of mal élevé in English:

mal élevé

(also mal élevée)

adjective

  • Of a person: ill-bred, bad-mannered. Of an object or situation: lacking in refinement.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Henry James. From French mal élevé from mal badly + élevé brought up, past participle of élever to bring up, raise.

Pronunciation

mal élevé

/mal ɛləˈveɪ/