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    • [wel kept]
    • /wɛl kɛpt/
    • /wel kept/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel kept]
    • /wɛl kɛpt/

Definitions of well-kept word

  • verb well-kept simple past tense and past participle of keep. 1
  • adjective well-kept having the expression of principles, ideas, etc., controlled, dominated, or determined by one whose money provides support: a kept press; a kept writer. 1
  • adjective well-kept A well-kept building, street, garden, or other place is always neat and tidy because it is carefully looked after. 0
  • adjective well-kept A well-kept secret has not been told or made known to anyone, or has been told or made known to only a small number of people. 0
  • adjective well-kept maintained in good condition 0

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Origin of well-kept

First appearance:

before 1670
One of the 47% oldest English words
1670-80 for def 2

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Parts of speech for Well-kept


well-kept popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for well-kept

adj well-kept

  • clean — Something that is clean is free from dirt or unwanted marks.
  • neat — in a pleasingly orderly and clean condition: a neat room.

adjective well-kept

  • cleanly — in a fair manner
  • cleansed — Simple past tense and past participle of cleanse.
  • conserved — Simple past tense and past participle of conserve.
  • dirtless — Free of dirt.
  • laundered — Simple past tense and past participle of launder.

Antonyms for well-kept

adj well-kept

  • broken-down — A broken-down vehicle or machine no longer works because it has something wrong with it.
  • bushy — Bushy hair or fur is very thick.

adjective well-kept

  • littered — objects strewn or scattered about; scattered rubbish.

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