- to make smooth and glossy, especially by rubbing or friction: to polish a brass doorknob.
- to render finished, refined, or elegant: His speech needs polishing.
- to become smooth and glossy through polishing: a flooring that polishes easily.
- Archaic. to become refined or elegant.
- a substance used to give smoothness or gloss: shoe polish.
- the act of polishing.
- state of being polished.
- smoothness and gloss of surface.
- superiority of manner or execution; refinement; elegance: the polish of a professional singer.
- polish off, Informal.
- to finish or dispose of quickly: They polished off a gallon of ice cream between them.
- to subdue or get rid of someone: The fighter polished off his opponent in the first round.
- polish up, to improve; refine: She took lessons to polish up her speech.
Origin of polish
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- of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, its inhabitants, or their language.
- a Slavic language, the principal language of Poland. Abbreviation: Pol
Origin of Polish
Examples from the Web for polish
“Gronkowski” itself never manages to sound more erotic than the name of a hearty Polish stew or a D-list WWE performer.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
Not only was he known as one of the blessed Polish priests who Pope John Paul II ordained before he became pope.Did the Vatican Arrest an Abuser to Protect Him?
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September 24, 2014
For Aga Malarczyk, 37, one of more than 50,000 Polish citizens living in Scotland, this is a deal breaker.
Morrison handed her a “Yes” campaign leaflet printed in Polish.
The soldier launches into a comical strut and pretends to polish his guard box with his knuckles.Hunt To Identify Pirouetting 'Bearskin' Guardsman Who Shamed Army
September 3, 2014
Just what I have said we must do for the polish of our style.
Now to the practical: what are we to do for the polish of our manners?
Let us then take the fuller meaning of polish, and see how it will apply to style.
We ended by waltzing, first in the Polish, and afterwards in the Parisian manner.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
A Polish chap in the studio said something about it yesterday.The Harbor
- to make or become smooth and shiny by rubbing, esp with wax or an abrasive
- (tr) to make perfect or complete
- to make or become elegant or refined
- a finish or gloss
- the act of polishing or the condition of having been polished
- a substance used to produce a smooth and shiny, often protective surface
- elegance or refinement, esp in style, manner, etc
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, its people, or their language
- the official language of Poland, belonging to the West Slavonic branch of the Indo-European family
Word Origin and History for polish
early 14c., polischen "make smooth," from Old French poliss-, present participle stem of polir (12c.) "to polish, decorate, see to one's appearance," from Latin polire "to polish, make smooth; decorate, embellish;" figuratively "refine, improve," said to be from Proto-Indo-European *pel- "to thrust, strike, drive" (via the notion of fulling cloth). The sense of "free from coarseness, to refine" first recorded in English mid-14c. Related: Polished; polishing. Slang polish off "finish" is 1837, from notion of applying a coat of polish being the final step in a piece of work.
1590s, "absence of coarseness," from polish (v.). From 1704 as "act of polishing;" 1819 as "substance used in polishing."
Idioms and Phrases with polish
In addition to the idioms beginning with polish
- polish off
- polish the apple
- spit and polish