kempt

[ kempt ]
/ kɛmpt /

adjective

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

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Origin of kempt

before 1050; Middle English; Old English cemd- past participle of cemban to comb1; see unkempt

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British Dictionary definitions for kempt

kempt
/ (kɛmpt) /

adjective

(of hair) tidy; combedSee also unkempt

Word Origin for kempt

C20: back formation from unkempt; originally past participle of dialect kemb to comb
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