Definition of kempt in English:

kempt

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Pronunciation: /kɛm(p)t
 
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adjective

  • (Of a person or a place) maintained in a neat and clean condition; well cared for: she was looking as thoroughly kempt as ever
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    • 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.
    • It looked like it was a well kempt city, but this bus stop stuck out like a sore thumb.
    • They were to be clean and kempt in person, and to display personal identification (including a photograph) in the cab.

Origin

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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