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kempt

[ kempt ]
/ kɛmpt /
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adjective

neatly or tidily kept: a kempt little cottage.
combed, as hair.

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Origin of kempt

First recorded before 1050; 1925–30 for def. 1; Middle English kempte, kembyd; Old English cemd-, past participle of cemban “to comb”; see comb, unkempt
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British Dictionary definitions for kempt

kempt
/ (kɛmpt) /

adjective

(of hair) tidy; combedSee also unkempt
C20: back formation from unkempt; originally past participle of dialect kemb to comb
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