kempt

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

kempt

  1. neat and tidy; especially used of hair

Usage notes[edit]

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

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