- simple past tense and past participle of build.
- of sound or sturdy construction: These cars are really built.
- having a good physique or figure: That lifeguard is really built!
- Nautical. noting any member or part of a vessel assembled from pieces: built frame; built spar.
Examples from the Web for well-built
The short-skirted purple uniform looks charming on the well-built girl with the large, sad, blue eyes.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
The whole is a well-built machine for a pressure of the spirit.
Henry was a well-built, vigorous man, and walked with great rapidity.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
She is a strong, well-built, and safe boat, and I think will just answer your purpose.Little By Little
William Taylor Adams
It was a well-built, athletic frame, and he had gone to a good tailor.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
Sometimes a halt is made in villages of well-built grass huts.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
- large or amplea well-built lady
- having a good, strong constructionwell-built houses
- the past tense and past participle of build
Word Origin and History for well-built
1560s, "constructed, erected," past participle adjective from build (v.). Meaning "physically well-developed" is by 1940s (well-built in reference to a woman is from 1871); Built-in (adj.) is from 1898.
Idioms and Phrases with well-built
see made (built) to order; not built that way; Rome wasn't built in a day. Also see under build.