Origin of polished
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Origin of polish
Synonyms for polish
Related Words for polishedgleaming, glistening, shiny, glossy, shining, elegant, ornate, skillful, flawless, accomplished, skilled, smooth, urbane, bright, refined, burnished, privileged, cultured, elaborate, perfected
Examples from the Web for polished
Contemporary Examples of polished
Inside, patrons can sip on bespoke whisky and coffee while getting that buffed and polished look.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
December 29, 2014
Tallinn feels palpably Scandinavian with its polished old-town brick, seaside positioning and glut of cool cafes.Next Stop, Quito: Our Top Cities for 2015
December 19, 2014
The DVD was accompanied by a personalized basketball jersey and a piece of polished amber.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs
November 11, 2014
Coursing beneath the polished surface of the love poems is something deep, dark, and defiant.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
I would say our girls, if you met any of them, I mean they are polished and poised and strong.In All-Girls Schools, a Formula for Success
October 21, 2014
Historical Examples of polished
He had come to the school "a little savage," so the polished French boys declared.The Boy Life of Napoleon
When I had polished them off, Anthony shook his green-turbaned head.
All the villains and other unnecessary people would be polished off.
The polished duke was more inexorable than the stern hidalgo.Calderon The Courtier
Suddenly she dropped the brush; it rattled and spun on the polished floor.The Incomplete Amorist
Word Origin for polish
late 14c., "made smooth;" early 15c., "elegant;" past participle adjective from polish (v.).
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."
In addition to the idioms beginning with polish
- polish off
- polish the apple
- spit and polish