Adjective "kempt" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person or a place) maintained in a neat and clean condition; well cared for.
  1. 'His crumpled shirt and baggy trousers have gone to the laundry, his hair - though still long and unruly - is now more kempt and some of Delhi's best tailors have encased him in a bandhgala.'
  2. 'It looked like it was a well kempt city, but this bus stop stuck out like a sore thumb.'
  3. 'The bundle of clothes stirred and a fairly groggy Sukari sat up, hair surprisingly kempt despite her burrowing into the pillows during the night.'
  4. 'He was a dashing bay with not a trace of white, with a well kempt mane that fell past his neck.'
  5. 'With his perfectly kempt moustache, wavy locks, black polo-neck and tweed jacket, he would breeze through an interview.'
  6. 'They were to be clean and kempt in person, and to display personal identification (including a photograph) in the cab.'
  7. 'He was better kempt in appearance, although he had been hospitalized several times in previous months for renal complications.'
  8. 'Now that I have a large - potentially 40 acre - lawn, I'm trying to keep at least some of it kempt.'


1. neatly or tidily kept: a kempt little cottage.

2. combed, as hair.

More examples(as adjective)

"villages can be kempt."


Old English cemd-, past participle of cemban ‘to comb’, of Germanic origin; related to comb. The Middle English form kemb survives in dialect.