well-turned
adjective Date: 1616 1. symmetrically shaped or rounded ; shapely 2. concisely and appropriately expressed <
a well-turned phrase
>
3. expertly rounded or turned <
a well-turned column
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • well-turned — well′ turned′ adj. 1) gracefully shaped: a well turned ankle[/ex] 2) gracefully and concisely expressed: a well turned phrase[/ex] 3) turned or contoured skillfully or smoothly: a well turned archway[/ex] • Etymology: 1610–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • well-turned — [ ,wel tɜrnd ] adjective FORMAL 1. ) a well turned phrase is one that is expressed well 2. ) with an attractive curved shape: a well turned table leg …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • well-turned — [wel′tʉrnd′] adj. 1. gracefully formed or shaped [a well turned ankle] 2. expressed or worded well [a well turned phrase] …   English World dictionary

  • well turned — ˌwell ˈturned f6 [well turned] adjective (formal) expressed in an elegant way • a well turned phrase …   Useful english dictionary

  • well-turned — adj a well turned phrase or sentence is carefully expressed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • well turned — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a phrase or compliment) elegantly expressed. 2) (of a woman s ankle or leg) attractively shaped …   English terms dictionary

  • well-turned — /ˈwɛl tɜnd/ (say wel ternd) adjective 1. having a pleasing shape: a well turned ankle. 2. aptly and pleasingly expressed: a well turned compliment. Also, (especially in predicative use), well turned /wɛl ˈtɜnd/ (say wel ternd) …   Australian English dictionary

  • well-turned — UK [ˌwel ˈtɜː(r)nd] / US [ˌwel ˈtɜrnd] adjective 1) a well turned phrase is one that is expressed well 2) with an attractive curved shape a well turned table leg …   English dictionary

  • well-turned — /wel terrnd /, adj. 1. gracefully shaped: a well turned ankle. 2. gracefully and concisely expressed: a well turned phrase. [1610 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • well-turned — adjective 1. of a pleasing shape a well turned ankle • Similar to: ↑shapely 2. (of language) aptly and pleasingly expressed a well turned phrase • Similar to: ↑felicitous • …   Useful english dictionary

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