[man-i-kyoo r]
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verb (used with object), man·i·cured, man·i·cur·ing.
  1. to take care of (the hands and fingernails); apply manicure treatment to.
  2. to trim or cut meticulously: to manicure a lawn.
verb (used without object), man·i·cured, man·i·cur·ing.
  1. to give a manicure.

Origin of manicure

1875–80; < French < Latin mani- (combining form of manus hand) + cūra care
Related formsun·man·i·cured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for manicured

beautify, polish, shape, cut, clip

Examples from the Web for manicured

Contemporary Examples of manicured

Historical Examples of manicured

  • Madison punched the button for me with a palsied, manicured thumb.

    Measure for a Loner

    James Judson Harmon

  • If I owned this shrubbery we're borin' through, I'd have it manicured.

  • The manicured, plebeian hands were Cuckoo's, and none but Cuckoo's.

    Moth and Rust

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • His hands were soft and manicured, he entered a room with grace and left it with distinction.

    The Eternal Boy

    Owen Johnson

  • His dress bespoke the skill of a good tailor and his fingers were manicured.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for manicured


  1. care of the hands and fingernails, involving shaping the nails, removing cuticles, etc
  2. another word for manicurist
  1. to care for (the hands and fingernails) in this way
  2. (tr) to trim neatly

Word Origin for manicure

C19: from French, from Latin manus hand + cūra care
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for manicured



1889, from manicure (n.). Related: Manicured; manicuring.



1873, "one who professionally treats hands and fingernails," from French manicure, literally "the care of the hands," from Latin manus "hand" (see manual) + cura "care" (see cure). Meaning "treatment and care of the hands and fingernails" is attested from 1887.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper