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Origin of well-heeled

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Related Words for well-heeled

prosperous, wealthy, rich

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British Dictionary definitions for well-heeled


adjective (well heeled when postpositive)
  1. informal rich; prosperous; wealthy
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Word Origin and History for well-heeled

1897, from well (adv.) + colloquial sense of heeled (see heel (n.)).

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