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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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  • We may illustrate this by the image of a well-polished mirror.

  • The parlour was cool and airy, with well-polished floor-boards, but no carpet.

    Upsidonia Archibald Marshall
  • Fancy a picture in which the shadows were as black as well-polished boots!

  • Freddy started a little, and looked meditatively at the tips of his well-polished boots.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • The superintendent tapped the step impatiently with the tip of his well-polished American boot, and his brow puckered.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • He looked down at his well-polished broad-welted brown boots; he was always admirably shod.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • He felt much as does a man who, shod with well-polished boots, has just stepped into a dirty, stinking puddle.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • A deep globular bowl of dark, well-polished ware is made to represent the head of an animal.

  • She bent down close to where she felt it, but she could see nothing—nothing but the well-polished boards of the floor.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for well-polished


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 well-polished



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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