A Word A Day : Genteel

Word of 30th July 2007: A Word A Day-Genteel


( Adjective )

Genteel : (jen-tel')(used of persons and their behavior)

1. Refined in manner; well-bred and polite

2. Free from vulgarity or rudeness

3. Elegantly stylish

4. Marked by affected and somewhat prudish refinement

5. Maintaining or striving to maintain the appearance of superior or middle-class social status or respectability

Contextual Examples:

All of the guests at the wedding appeared to be very genteel.

When she first came to this country and had that genteel old man to watch over her, she was as pretty a girl as ever I saw.

Among those who failed to appear were the genteel lady and her old- maidish daughter.

American author who wrote genteel mystery stories revolving around the elegantly eccentric and reclusive detective Nero Wolfe and his wisecracking aide, Archie Goodwin died in this hospital.


1. Civil

2. Courteous

3. Mannerly

4. Polite

5. Well-Bred

6. Well-Mannered

7. Precise

8. Priggish

9. Prim

10. Proper

11. Prudish

12. Puritanical

13. Cultured

14. Sophisticated


1. Boorish

2. Callous

3. Rough

4. Rude

5. Rugged

6. Uncouth

7. Uncultured

8. Unrefined

9. Unsophisticated

Related Words:

Genteelly: Adverb

Genteelness: Noun

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