American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Tidy; trim: a nicely kempt beard.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A past participle of kemb.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (of hair) neat and tidy
- Originally a past participle of Old English cemban ("to comb"). Modern uses are back-formations from the negative unkempt. (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from unkempt. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“With his thick gray hair, salt-and-pepper beard, and aviator glasses, he looked like a well-kempt Jerry Garcia.”
“Chestnut tresses, once close-cut and well-kempt, fall almost to his shoulders which slump in ressentiment: * to every hair however stray, those shoulders seem to say, Halt!”
“On the whole, she was not much cleaner or any better kempt than the ragamuffin boy.”
“Half-wit neighborhood darling parks a new Denali in the driveway and his family twiglegs around it in hostile kempt gladhands.”
“Further proof of this trend resides not merely in recent childhood obesity and Type-II diabetes data, but also through observing the well-kempt suburban neighborhoods throughout L.A. seemingly designed for the sole purpose of outdoor activity - for impromptu outbreaks of tag, red rover, and pickle - that are now eerily bereft of the sights and sounds of children at play.”
“ She pictures him sitting atop some weatherbeaten couch in a small apartment somewhere, his hair longer and less kempt, opening it with anticipation -”
“On the far side of the table are a number of well-kempt academic types.”
“April 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm matt kempt looks like a thug 2 me”
“Chestnut tresses, once close-cut and well-kempt, fall almost to his shoulders which slump in ressentiment:* to every hair however stray, those shoulders seem to say, Halt!”
“I have only ever seen you kempt and all I can think of right now is the photo of you in your party dress which makes your assertation of scruff laughable ..”
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by Jack Winter
Published 25 July 1994, The New Yorker
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