- 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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- the past tense and past participle of keep
- kept woman censorious a woman maintained by a man as his mistress
Word Origin and History for well kept
past tense of keep (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper