- neatly or tidily kept: a kempt little cottage.
- combed, as hair.
Origin of kempt
Examples from the Web for kempt
Historical Examples of kempt
The Kempt family are not visitors, but live here all the year round.
Captain Kempt's reply will be sent under cover to you at your club.
The Kempt Road had not yet been opened though for some time in contemplation.History of Halifax City
Thomas B. Akins
It is trim and "kempt" and modern, and lives strictly in the present.A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees
Edwin Asa Dix
His own flock, well washed and kempt, were much more agreeable subjects of contemplation.The Faith Doctor
- (of hair) tidy; combedSee also unkempt
Word Origin for kempt
Word Origin and History for kempt
"well-combed, neat," late 14c., from past tense of dialectal kemb, from Old English cemdan (see unkempt). A rare word after c.1500; any modern use probably is a whimsical back-formation from unkempt.