- Archaic except in some senses. a simple past tense and past participle of work.
- elaborated; embellished.
- not rough or crude.
- produced or shaped by beating with a hammer, as iron or silver articles.
Origin of wrought
1200–50; Middle English wroght, metathetic variant of worht, past participle of worchen to work
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2. See worked.
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Examples from the Web for well-wrought
With such a well-wrought tale, there's no reason to let writing—or politics—get in the way.Great New Reads
The Daily Beast
October 31, 2010
Heigho, and how his quiver / with well-wrought hands was rich bedight!The Nibelungenlied
For what to him was Juno's well-wrought hem, Diana's shaft, or Pallas' olive-stem?The Earthly Paradise
The roof rises gracefully to its ridge, and each gable end is surmounted by a well-wrought iron finial.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume II (of 2)
Benjamin Ellis Martin
But of the well-wrought cancelli, carrying the mind across the sea to St. Clements, a large part still remains.Studies of Travel - Greece
Edward A. Freeman
It is well-wrought, strong, heavy with learning and what the Chaucerians would call "high sentence."
- (well wrought when postpositive) shaped, formed, or decorated with skill
- archaic a past tense and past participle of work
- metallurgy shaped by hammering or beating
- (often in combination) formed, fashioned, or worked as specifiedwell-wrought
- decorated or made with delicate care
C16: variant of worht, from Old English geworht, past participle of (ge) wyrcan to work
Wrought is sometimes used as if it were the past tense and past participle of wreak as in the hurricane wrought havoc in coastal areas. Many people think this use is incorrect
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Word Origin and History for well-wrought
mid-13c., from past participle of Middle English werken (see work).
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