un·​cul·​tured | \ ˌən-ˈkəl-chərd How to pronounce uncultured (audio) \

Definition of uncultured

: not cultured: such as
a : lacking in education, taste, or refinement coarse, uncultured people
b : not grown or produced under artificial conditions uncultured pathogens

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Recent Examples on the Web Cultured butter has a higher fat content (82%-86% vs. 80% for uncultured) and a slightly tangy flavor that has hints of hazelnut. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "5 Types of Butter to Keep in Your Kitchen," 6 Jan. 2020 But its predecessor in parts of Eurasia, the Neanderthal, a human ancestor that became extinct around 40,000 years ago, has traditionally been regarded as uncultured and behaviorally inferior. Chris Standish, Newsweek, "What Makes Us Human? Discovery of Neanderthal Art Is Rewriting What We Know About Ourselves," 27 Feb. 2018 The Irish were once thought to be lazy, dumb and prone to criminal behavior The Italians were considered dumb, dirty and uncultured Neanderthals who would rape white women. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Why White People Hate Immigrants, Explained," 25 Jan. 2018 Putin is an uneducated, unintelligent, uncultured man who has no plan. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "Masha Gessen on where Trump and Putin converge and diverge, and what it means for America.," 27 Feb. 2017 The people without much money, or much opportunity, or those regarded by some as corny or uncultured. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "John Carlisle: In Detroit's lost world, the invisible and the forgotten," 16 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of uncultured

1555, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncultured.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncultured. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncultured

: not having or showing good education, tastes, and manners

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