made smooth and glossy: a figurine of polished mahogany.
naturally smooth and glossy: polished pebbles on the beach.
refined, cultured, or elegant: a polished manner.
flawless; skillful; excellent: a polished conversationalist.

Origin of polished

First recorded in 1325–75, polished is from the Middle English word polist. See polish, -ed2
Related formsun·pol·ished, adjectivewell-pol·ished, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unpolished

Contemporary Examples of unpolished

Historical Examples of unpolished

  • I said so, in a most unpolished phrase: I called myself a spy.

  • Down the edges are rows of small, unpolished pearls, running into points.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • He was in some ways rough-hewn and unpolished, but he was a great man.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore

  • The walls were divided into panels of polished and unpolished granite.

    Mizora: A Prophecy

    Mary E. Bradley

  • The pile was ordered to be built of rough wood, unpolished by the ax.

British Dictionary definitions for unpolished



accomplisheda polished actor
impeccably or professionally donea polished performance
(of rice) having had the outer husk removed by milling
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Word Origin and History for unpolished

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of polish (v.). In reference to style, language, etc., attested from late 15c.



late 14c., "made smooth;" early 15c., "elegant;" past participle adjective from polish (v.).

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