[wel-groomd, -groo md]


having the hair, skin, etc., well cared for; well-dressed, clean, and neat: a well-groomed young man.
(of an animal) tended, cleaned, combed, etc., with great care.
carefully cared for; neat; tidy: a well-groomed lawn.

Origin of well-groomed

First recorded in 1885–90
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Related Words for well-groomed

dapper, clean, impeccable, neat, shipshape, spruce, trim

Examples from the Web for well-groomed

Contemporary Examples of well-groomed

  • They easily blended in among the aging hippies, well-groomed yuppies, and Hollywood actors.

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    Whitey Bulger's Wily Girl

    Christine Pelisek

    June 27, 2011

  • Another palace picture showed the well-groomed little Mohamed a few years later talking on the phone as if playing president.

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    Hosni Mubarak's Final Tragedy

    Christopher Dickey

    February 13, 2011

  • In the family box in front of the TV cameras, the Palins were assembled, looking inhumanly gorgeous and well-groomed.

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    The Palin Girls Don't Share

    Meghan McCain

    September 17, 2010

Historical Examples of well-groomed

  • One should always have the appearance of being "well-groomed."

  • Surely he could find some sort of a job on that long, well-groomed street.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • Her hair, under a white knitted cap, was smooth and well-groomed.

  • She glanced at her companion: a clean-looking, well-groomed, well-dressed youth.

    Tommy and Co.

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • He was as neat and well-groomed as in the old New York days, but how differently was he clad!

British Dictionary definitions for well-groomed


adjective (well groomed when postpositive)

(of a person) having a tidy pleasing appearance
kept tidy and neata well-groomed garden
(of an animal) well turned out and tendeda well-groomed horse
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