made smooth and glossy: a figurine of polished mahogany.
naturally smooth and glossy: polished pebbles on the beach.
refined, cultured, or elegant: a polished manner.
flawless; skillful; excellent: a polished conversationalist.

Origin of polished

First recorded in 1325–75, polished is from the Middle English word polist. See polish, -ed2
Related formsun·pol·ished, adjectivewell-pol·ished, adjective
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Examples from the Web for well-polished

Contemporary Examples of well-polished

  • But last week, the world saw a different man, a crude version of the cosmetic, well-polished act of a politician.

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    Saif Gaddafi's Sham Exposed

    Judith Miller

    March 2, 2011

Historical Examples of well-polished

  • We may illustrate this by the image of a well-polished mirror.

  • The parlour was cool and airy, with well-polished floor-boards, but no carpet.


    Archibald Marshall

  • Fancy a picture in which the shadows were as black as well-polished boots!

  • Freddy started a little, and looked meditatively at the tips of his well-polished boots.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • The superintendent tapped the step impatiently with the tip of his well-polished American boot, and his brow puckered.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

British Dictionary definitions for well-polished



accomplisheda polished actor
impeccably or professionally donea polished performance
(of rice) having had the outer husk removed by milling
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Word Origin and History for well-polished



late 14c., "made smooth;" early 15c., "elegant;" past participle adjective from polish (v.).

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