\ ˈkem(p)t How to pronounce kempt (audio) \

Definition of kempt

: neatly kept

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Examples of kempt in a Sentence

a distinguished-looking gentleman with a kempt beard and an old-world manner
Recent Examples on the Web Silence your internal neat freak A well-kempt garden is the toad’s worst enemy. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Toads To Your Garden (And Why You’d Totally Want To)," 16 May 2017 There was a whiff of mystery, a sense that something more was going on behind those well-kempt exteriors. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Vanishing As a Way to Reclaim Your Life," 9 Feb. 2018 A well-kempt courtyard for visitors conceals the prison’s overcrowding—stuffed to nine times its capacity with up to 250 women sharing a cell. National Geographic, "Where Women with Zika Fear Prison," 19 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of kempt

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kempt

back-formation from unkempt

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“Kempt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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