Kemb \Kemb\ (k[e^]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kembed} (k[e^]md) or {Kempt} (k[e^]mt; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kembing}.] [OE. kemben, AS. cemban, fr. camb comb.] To comb. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

His longe hair was kembed behind his back. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • Kempt — may refer to:* Cody Kempt (born 1987), Oregon Ducks football player * George Kempt (1821 1885), Ontario businessman and political figure * James Kempt (1765 1854), British Army officeree also* Kempt Lake …   Wikipedia

  • kempt — kempt; un·kempt; un·kempt·ly; un·kempt·ness; …   English syllables

  • Kempt — (k[e^]mt; 215), 1. p. p. of {Kemb}; combed. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. Neatly kept; tidy. Opposite of {unkempt}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kempt — /kempt/, adj. 1. neatly or tidily kept: a kempt little cottage. 2. combed, as hair. [bef. 1050; ME; OE cemd ptp. of cemban to COMB1; see UNKEMPT] * * * …   Universalium

  • kempt — [kempt] adj. [ME, combed: in mod. use, back form. < UNKEMPT] neat; tidy; well groomed …   English World dictionary

  • kempt — well combed, neat, late 14c., from past tense of dialectal kemb, from O.E. cemdan (see UNKEMPT (Cf. unkempt)). A rare word after c.1500; any modern use probably is a whimsical back formation from unkempt …   Etymology dictionary

  • kempt — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in a neat and clean condition. ORIGIN Old English, «combed» …   English terms dictionary

  • kempt — [[t]kɛmpt[/t]] adj. cvb neatly or tidily kept: a kempt little cottage; kempt hair[/ex] • Etymology: 1860–65; back formation from unkempt …   From formal English to slang

  • kempt — /kɛmpt/ (say kempt) adjective Colloquial (humorous) combed; well groomed; personally clean. {backformation from unkempt} …   Australian English dictionary

  • kempt — adjective Etymology: back formation from unkempt Date: 1929 neatly kept ; trim …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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