well–tempered

adjective

Definition of well–tempered

  1. 1a obsolete :  properly constituted physically a strong well-tempered stomach — Algernon Sydney b :  having a good or equable disposition; especially :  good-natured a discreet and well-tempered officer — George Grote

  2. 2 :  treated so as to develop the desired degree of hardness and elasticity well-tempered steel a well-tempered sword blade

  3. 3 :  mixed to the proper consistency —used especially of mortar and clay

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of well–tempered

Middle English wel temperit, from wel well + temperit tempered


First Known Use: 14th century


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up well–tempered? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!