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[bilt] /bɪlt/
simple past tense and past participle of build.
  1. of sound or sturdy construction:
    These cars are really built.
  2. having a good physique or figure:
    That lifeguard is really built!
Nautical. noting any member or part of a vessel assembled from pieces:
built frame; built spar.
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well-built, adjective Unabridged
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  • The whole is a well-built machine for a pressure of the spirit.

  • Henry was a well-built, vigorous man, and walked with great rapidity.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • She is a strong, well-built, and safe boat, and I think will just answer your purpose.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • It was a well-built, athletic frame, and he had gone to a good tailor.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • Sometimes a halt is made in villages of well-built grass huts.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • Among the few things he admired was a well-built handsome man.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • The Princess Maria Ivanovna was a tall, well-built woman of forty.

    Youth Leo Tolstoy
  • The Veys of both sexes are well-built, erect, and somewhat stately.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • It was well-built, or it would have come to pieces from the tossing about it was now receiving.

    Sunshine Bill W H G Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for well-built


adjective (well built when postpositive)
large or ample: a well-built lady
having a good, strong construction: well-built houses


the past tense and past participle of build
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Word Origin and History for well-built



1560s, "constructed, erected," past participle adjective from build (v.). Meaning "physically well-developed" is by 1940s (well-built in reference to a woman is from 1871); Built-in (adj.) is from 1898.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for well-built



Physically well-developed, esp in a sexually attractive way; hunky, stacked: She wasn't especially smart, but she was built

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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