[man-i-kyoo r]


a cosmetic treatment of the hands and fingernails, including trimming and polishing of the nails and removing cuticles.

verb (used with object), man·i·cured, man·i·cur·ing.

to take care of (the hands and fingernails); apply manicure treatment to.
to trim or cut meticulously: to manicure a lawn.

verb (used without object), man·i·cured, man·i·cur·ing.

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for un-manicured



care of the hands and fingernails, involving shaping the nails, removing cuticles, etc
another word for manicurist


to care for (the hands and fingernails) in this way
(tr) to trim neatly

Word Origin for manicure

C19: from French, from Latin manus hand + cūra care
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Word Origin and History for un-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.

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