One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or a place) maintained in a neat and clean condition; well cared for.‘she was looking as thoroughly kempt as ever’
- ‘She had lived in New York for about a year, moving up from Chicago after being offered the job when she turned 18, and settling herself away from her family in a well kempt area in the heart of the City.’
- ‘I can say with all honesty that Wolf has a very nice beard, it is stylish and very kempt.’
- ‘Mercifully, she could still dream of the expansive Havana avenues, the grand casinos before the revolution, the kempt plazas where she would linger with her lover.’
- ‘Now that I have a large - potentially 40 acre - lawn, I'm trying to keep at least some of it kempt.’
- ‘Tough executives are tacitly understood to be well kempt on the outside, whilst inwardly crumbling, decaying, turning to sludge.’
- ‘I notice how nicely her nails are rounded and polished with pearl white, and how kempt she is.’
- ‘They were to be clean and kempt in person, and to display personal identification (including a photograph) in the cab.’
- ‘I'm quite pleased with myself because I'm going about looking not quite as kempt as usual.’
- ‘He was better kempt in appearance, although he had been hospitalized several times in previous months for renal complications.’
- ‘His black hair was smooth, styled, kempt, and it hung only to his ears.’
- ‘With his perfectly kempt moustache, wavy locks, black polo-neck and tweed jacket, he would breeze through an interview.’
- ‘His crumpled shirt and baggy trousers have gone to the laundry, his hair - though still long and unruly - is now more kempt and some of Delhi's best tailors have encased him in a bandhgala.’
- ‘It looked like it was a well kempt city, but this bus stop stuck out like a sore thumb.’
- ‘He was a dashing bay with not a trace of white, with a well kempt mane that fell past his neck.’
- ‘The bundle of clothes stirred and a fairly groggy Sukari sat up, hair surprisingly kempt despite her burrowing into the pillows during the night.’
Old English cemd-, past participle of cemban ‘to comb’, of Germanic origin; related to comb. The Middle English form kemb survives in dialect.
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