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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel bih-heyv]
    • /wɛl bɪˈheɪv/
    • /wel bɪˈheɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel bih-heyv]
    • /wɛl bɪˈheɪv/

Definitions of well-behaved word

  • verb without object well-behaved to act in a particular way; conduct or comport oneself or itself: The ship behaves well. 1
  • verb without object well-behaved to act properly: Did the child behave? 1
  • verb without object well-behaved to act or react under given circumstances: This plastic behaves strangely under extreme heat or cold. 1
  • verb with object well-behaved to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner: Sit quietly and behave yourself. 1
  • adjective well-behaved If you describe someone, especially a child, as well-behaved, you mean that they behave in a way that adults generally like and think is correct. 0
  • adjective well-behaved conducting oneself in a satisfactory manner 0

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Origin of well-behaved

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English behaven (reflexive). See be-, have

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Well-behaved


well-behaved popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for well-behaved

adj well-behaved

  • all together — in chorus, in unison
  • courteous — Someone who is courteous is polite and respectful to other people.
  • decorous — Decorous behaviour is very respectable, calm, and polite.
  • disciplined — having or exhibiting discipline; rigorous: paintings characterized by a disciplined technique.
  • distingue — having an air of distinction; distinguished.

adjective well-behaved

  • controllable — If something is controllable you are able to control or influence it.
  • dutiful — performing the duties expected or required of one; characterized by doing one's duty: a dutiful citizen; a dutiful child.
  • mannerly — having or showing good manners; courteous; polite.
  • ordered — neatly or conveniently arranged; well-organized: an ordered office.
  • orderly — arranged or disposed in a neat, tidy manner or in a regular sequence: an orderly desk.

Antonyms for well-behaved

adj well-behaved

  • all over the place — If something is happening all over the place, it is happening in many different places.
  • disorderly — characterized by disorder; irregular; untidy; confused: a disorderly desk.
  • disruptive — causing, tending to cause, or caused by disruption; disrupting: the disruptive effect of their rioting.

adjective well-behaved

  • errant — Erring or straying from the proper course or standards.
  • indisciplined — Alternative form of undisciplined.
  • misbehaved — Simple past tense and past participle of misbehave.
  • mischievous — maliciously or playfully annoying.
  • wayward — turned or turning away from what is right or proper; willful; disobedient: a wayward son; wayward behavior.

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