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[wel-turnd] /ˈwɛlˈtɜrnd/
gracefully shaped:
a well-turned ankle.
gracefully and concisely expressed:
a well-turned phrase.
Origin of well-turned
First recorded in 1610-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You can see, upon close inspection, the mark of the planer on his well-turned sentences.

  • The scholar, too, was remembered with a toast, to which he replied with well-turned phrases.

  • But he paid the singer so easy and well-turned a compliment as put to shame the clumsy "Thanks, O'Reilly!"

    A Charming Fellow, Volume III (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • He thought of her humorous eyes, and of her strong, well-turned chin.

  • He shuffled, nervously slapping his well-turned calves with Harlequin's lath-sword.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • His well-turned compliments were as fine as his smart repartees.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • From smiling, well-turned out “castmembers” to construction workers with butt-crack-itis and grouchy expressions.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • In trying for a well-turned line they forget to look at well-turned ankles.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • She concluded by a well-turned and pathetic allusion to her state of health, which indeed was pitiable enough.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for well-turned


adjective (well turned when postpositive)
(of a phrase, speech, etc) apt and pleasingly sonorous
having a pleasing shape: a well-turned leg
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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