Meaning of mal élevé in English:

mal élevé

Pronunciation /mal ɛləˈveɪ/


(also mal élevée)
  • Of a person: ill-bred, bad-mannered. Of an object or situation: lacking in refinement.


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.