- made smooth and glossy: a figurine of polished mahogany.
- naturally smooth and glossy: polished pebbles on the beach.
- refined, cultured, or elegant: a polished manner.
- flawless; skillful; excellent: a polished conversationalist.
Origin of polished
- to make smooth and glossy, especially by rubbing or friction: to polish a brass doorknob.
- to render finished, refined, or elegant: His speech needs polishing.
- to become smooth and glossy through polishing: a flooring that polishes easily.
- Archaic. to become refined or elegant.
- a substance used to give smoothness or gloss: shoe polish.
- the act of polishing.
- state of being polished.
- smoothness and gloss of surface.
- superiority of manner or execution; refinement; elegance: the polish of a professional singer.
- polish off, Informal.
- to finish or dispose of quickly: They polished off a gallon of ice cream between them.
- to subdue or get rid of someone: The fighter polished off his opponent in the first round.
- polish up, to improve; refine: She took lessons to polish up her speech.
Origin of polish
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Examples from the Web for polished
Inside, patrons can sip on bespoke whisky and coffee while getting that buffed and polished look.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
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Tallinn feels palpably Scandinavian with its polished old-town brick, seaside positioning and glut of cool cafes.Next Stop, Quito: Our Top Cities for 2015
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The DVD was accompanied by a personalized basketball jersey and a piece of polished amber.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs
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Coursing beneath the polished surface of the love poems is something deep, dark, and defiant.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
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I would say our girls, if you met any of them, I mean they are polished and poised and strong.In All-Girls Schools, a Formula for Success
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He had come to the school "a little savage," so the polished French boys declared.The Boy Life of Napoleon
When I had polished them off, Anthony shook his green-turbaned head.
All the villains and other unnecessary people would be polished off.
The polished duke was more inexorable than the stern hidalgo.Calderon The Courtier
Suddenly she dropped the brush; it rattled and spun on the polished floor.The Incomplete Amorist
- accomplisheda polished actor
- impeccably or professionally donea polished performance
- (of rice) having had the outer husk removed by milling
- to make or become smooth and shiny by rubbing, esp with wax or an abrasive
- (tr) to make perfect or complete
- to make or become elegant or refined
- a finish or gloss
- the act of polishing or the condition of having been polished
- a substance used to produce a smooth and shiny, often protective surface
- elegance or refinement, esp in style, manner, etc
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, its people, or their language
- the official language of Poland, belonging to the West Slavonic branch of the Indo-European family
Word Origin and History for polished
late 14c., "made smooth;" early 15c., "elegant;" past participle adjective from polish (v.).
early 14c., polischen "make smooth," from Old French poliss-, present participle stem of polir (12c.) "to polish, decorate, see to one's appearance," from Latin polire "to polish, make smooth; decorate, embellish;" figuratively "refine, improve," said to be from Proto-Indo-European *pel- "to thrust, strike, drive" (via the notion of fulling cloth). The sense of "free from coarseness, to refine" first recorded in English mid-14c. Related: Polished; polishing. Slang polish off "finish" is 1837, from notion of applying a coat of polish being the final step in a piece of work.
1590s, "absence of coarseness," from polish (v.). From 1704 as "act of polishing;" 1819 as "substance used in polishing."