- simple past tense and past participle of keep.
- having the expression of principles, ideas, etc., controlled, dominated, or determined by one whose money provides support: a kept press; a kept writer.
Origin of kept
1670–80 for def 2
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Examples from the Web for unkept
It is an unkept, an unconscious school or gymnasium, and is entirely instinctive.Ways of Nature
Nic was silent, and the horse stumbled through putting a foot into a deep rut of the unkept road.First in the Field
George Manville Fenn
The place seemed half deserted, unkept, the walks littered with last year's rotting leaves.The Debatable Land
Just a small empty house with three unkept little children racing through and around it.A Girl Of The Limberlost
Gene Stratton Porter
The Champs Elyses was comparatively deserted; already it had an unkept appearance.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army
Charles Alexander Gordon
- the past tense and past participle of keep
- kept woman censorious a woman maintained by a man as his mistress
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Word Origin and History for unkept
past tense of keep (v.).
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