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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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Examples from the web for manicured
  • Sure, it's better known for manicured fairways and sybaritic spas.
  • Acres of concrete walkways winding through some nutty genius's carefully manicured personal fantasy.
  • Fountains and sculptures adorn the grounds, while manicured lawns and tree-filled parks offer breathing room.
  • Ensconced in manicured barracks with pitched roofs, its leaders have struggled to turn slogans into actions.
  • We drive past some conventional coffee estates with neatly manicured rows of trees marching up mountainsides.
  • Stroll around the place-past luxury yachts and manicured gardens-and the impression is one of contented prosperity.
  • One reason may have been that it does not require expensive equipment or a well-manicured playing surface.
  • Defined by hills and curving paths, it has a certain charm, though it is not as well manicured as its downtown sister.
  • Not far away, a few houses sit unscathed, with perfectly manicured gardens.
  • They could also get shaved and have their fingers manicured while in the chairs.
British Dictionary definitions for manicured


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 manicured



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 manicured



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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