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kempt

[kempt] /kɛmpt/
adjective
1.
neatly or tidily kept:
a kempt little cottage.
2.
combed, as hair.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English; Old English cemd- past participle of cemban to comb1; see unkempt
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British Dictionary definitions for kempt

kempt

/kɛmpt/
adjective
1.
(of hair) tidy; combed See also unkempt
Word Origin
C20: back formation from unkempt; originally past participle of dialect kemb to comb
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Word Origin and History for kempt
adj.

"well-combed, neat," late 14c., from past tense of dialectal kemb, from Old English cemdan (see unkempt). A rare word after c.1500; any modern use probably is a whimsical back-formation from unkempt.

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