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[man-i-kyoo r] /ˈmæn ɪˌkyʊər/
a cosmetic treatment of the hands and fingernails, including trimming and polishing of the nails and removing cuticles.
verb (used with object), manicured, manicuring.
to take care of (the hands and fingernails); apply manicure treatment to.
to trim or cut meticulously:
to manicure a lawn.
verb (used without object), manicured, manicuring.
to give a manicure.
Origin of manicure
1875-80; < French < Latin mani- (combining form of manus hand) + cūra care
Related forms
unmanicured, adjective Unabridged
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  • He made pictures of my fingers and completely demolished my manicure.

    Biltmore Oswald J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
  • My friend in the manicure came and told me about hers when I was lying in the hospital.

  • She sat herself down, with Patty's manicure scissors, and for three-quarters of an hour painstakingly ripped out tucks.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • She had stopped before her dressing-table and was toying with her manicure things.

    Fidelity Susan Glaspell
  • Don't hunt for a pin, or sharpen a pencil, or manicure your nails after you reach your work of the day.

    Supreme Personality Delmer Eugene Croft
  • Told her we would keep it down—and complimented her on her manicure.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for manicure


care of the hands and fingernails, involving shaping the nails, removing cuticles, etc
another word for manicurist
to care for (the hands and fingernails) in this way
(transitive) to trim neatly
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin manus hand + cūra care
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Word Origin and History for manicure

1873, "one who professionally treats hands and fingernails," from French manicure, literally "the care of the hands," from Latin manus "hand" (see manual) + cura "care" (see cure). Meaning "treatment and care of the hands and fingernails" is attested from 1887.


1889, from manicure (n.). Related: Manicured; manicuring.

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Slang definitions & phrases for manicure



To care for meticulously •The standard sense ''care of the hands and fingernails'' is found by 1889: Dutch farmers' constant manicuring of the land has driven out numerous native plant and animal species/ the manicured playing fields of international finance (1922+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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