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[pol-isht] /ˈpɒl ɪʃt/
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
First recorded in 1325-75, polished is from the Middle English word polist. See polish, -ed2
Related forms
unpolished, adjective
well-polished, adjective Unabridged
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  • He noticed the enormously heavy, unpolished boots he wore, with their thick leather and metal heel-taps.

    The Hills of Refuge Will N. Harben
  • The pile was ordered to be built of rough wood, unpolished by the ax.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • To the shadows of the fallen the glory, and not to your round, polished or unpolished phrases.

  • And he pointed to the necklace of ruddy, unpolished stones that he wore.

  • He was an austere, but not an ill-humoured judge; his manners were remarkably plain and unpolished, though not vulgar.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • "She is too elegant, too clever, to like an unpolished girl like me," thought Selina.

    Manners, Vol 1 of 3 Frances Brooke
  • The reader must remember that our hero Smooth is a man most unpolished, though never so bad as he seems.

  • Smallbridge has a plain, hard-working, unpolished, every-day look.

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
British Dictionary definitions for unpolished


accomplished: a polished actor
impeccably or professionally done: a polished performance
(of rice) having had the outer husk removed by milling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unpolished

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of polish (v.). In reference to style, language, etc., attested from late 15c.



late 14c., "made smooth;" early 15c., "elegant;" past participle adjective from polish (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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