kempt

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Originally a past participle of Old English cemban (to comb). Modern uses are back-formations from the negative unkempt.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

kempt

  1. neat and tidy; especially used of hair

Usage notesEdit

Less common than unkempt. Often used in compound well-kempt or phrase “well kempt”, which may be criticized as redundant; compare well-groomed.

SynonymsEdit

Last modified on 20 April 2013, at 02:29