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[wel-groomd, -groo md] /ˈwɛlˈgrumd, -ˈgrʊmd/
having the hair, skin, etc., well cared for; well-dressed, clean, and neat:
a well-groomed young man.
(of an animal) tended, cleaned, combed, etc., with great care.
carefully cared for; neat; tidy:
a well-groomed lawn.
Origin of well-groomed
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One should always have the appearance of being "well-groomed."

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • Surely he could find some sort of a job on that long, well-groomed street.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Her hair, under a white knitted cap, was smooth and well-groomed.

  • She glanced at her companion: a clean-looking, well-groomed, well-dressed youth.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • He was as neat and well-groomed as in the old New York days, but how differently was he clad!

  • Presently she reached a plump, well-groomed hand toward the bell.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • He blinked, like a well-groomed old eagle, when I reminded him of this.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for well-groomed


adjective (well groomed when postpositive)
(of a person) having a tidy pleasing appearance
kept tidy and neat: a well-groomed garden
(of an animal) well turned out and tended: a well-groomed horse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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