Definition of well bred in US English:

well bred


  • Having or showing good breeding or manners.

    • ‘A well-bred puppy from a respected line has the potential of living with you a long time.’
    • ‘My forebears were fantastically wealthy Armenians who came to England from India in the 19th century and married into a penniless but well-bred local family.’
    • ‘A gentleman, for instance, will never be ostentatious or overbearing any more than he will ever be servile, because these attributes never animate the impulses of a well-bred person.’
    • ‘She noted that most of Brian's friends were not the amiable rogues she had imagined them to be, but quite the contrary: a bit stiff in manner, well-bred, polite, and arrogant; as were most of the ladies.’
    • ‘Properly socialized, well-bred Pomeranians are enthusiastic and loving companions.’
    • ‘Sex education was a farce, if provided at all, and it usually wasn't. There were instances of well-bred middle-class gels entering into marriage with only the haziest idea of how babies were conceived and born.’
    • ‘She (34, perhaps with neat blonde hair, long fingers and understated jewellery), is plain looking, though obviously well-bred.’
    • ‘This old nag is the supposedly wonderfully well-bred mare you're trying to sell me?’
    • ‘The lean, athletic actress with the well-bred manner became an instant star.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the two criminals were tried for the same crime, but one got a reduced sentence on account of his well-bred looks and manners.’
    • ‘She was always such a wonderful young lady… polite, well-bred, smart as a whip.’
    • ‘Also worth noting are the promising Lanesborough and the well-bred debutante Alexius, both mounts of Miles Trindle.’
    • ‘We assume at first glance that we are looking at twins: unmarried, well-bred, middle-class women of the same height, the same stance with near-to-identical features.’
    • ‘Bold Crusader, a well-bred newcomer from the powerful Godolphin stable, and the speedy Nan Scurry are two others to note.’
    • ‘He arrived in Scarborough in 1792, a tall, well-spoken, well-bred man who apparently had the Duke of Rutland's backing to stand for one of the borough's two Parliamentary seats.’
    well brought up, well mannered, well behaved, polite, civil, courteous, respectful, deferential
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