ended or completed.
completed or perfected in all details, as a product: to pack and ship finished items.
polished to the highest degree of excellence: a dazzling and finished piece of writing.
highly skilled or accomplished: a finished violinist.
condemned, doomed, or in the process of extinction: The aristocracy was finished after the revolution.
(of livestock) fattened and ready for market.

Origin of finished

First recorded in 1575–85; finish + -ed2
Related formshalf-fin·ished, adjectivewell-fin·ished, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for well-finished

Historical Examples of well-finished

  • But, if Im forced to be a fool, I might as well have a well-finished job of it.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit

    George Randolph Chester

  • There are also a pair of well-finished pistols in the holsters.

    On the Irrawaddy

    G. A. Henty

  • They are well-finished English pistols, and I have no doubt he will prize them.

  • They had well-finished lances in their hands, twenty feet long, and highly carved and polished clubs and pikes.

    Captain Cook

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • We say artists, for these goods are as much a work of art as any piece of statuary, or a well-finished oil painting.

    The Story of Malta

    Maturin M. Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for well-finished


adjective (well finished when postpositive)

(of a garment, piece of furniture, interior decoration, etc) completed with a high degree of attention to detail and surface appearancethe woodwork is well finished



(predicative) at the end of a task, activity, etcthey were finished by four
(predicative) without further hope of success or continuationshe was finished as a prima ballerina
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