- 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
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Examples from the Web for well-polished
But last week, the world saw a different man, a crude version of the cosmetic, well-polished act of a politician.Saif Gaddafi's Sham Exposed
March 2, 2011
We may illustrate this by the image of a well-polished mirror.Mystics and Saints of Islam
The parlour was cool and airy, with well-polished floor-boards, but no carpet.Upsidonia
Fancy a picture in which the shadows were as black as well-polished boots!The Book of Art for Young People
Freddy started a little, and looked meditatively at the tips of his well-polished boots.
The superintendent tapped the step impatiently with the tip of his well-polished American boot, and his brow puckered.
- accomplisheda polished actor
- impeccably or professionally donea polished performance
- (of rice) having had the outer husk removed by milling
Word Origin and History for well-polished
late 14c., "made smooth;" early 15c., "elegant;" past participle adjective from polish (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper