- neatly or tidily kept: a kempt little cottage.
- combed, as hair.
- (of hair) tidy; combedSee also unkempt
“well-combed, neat,” late 14c., from past tense of dialectal kemb, from Old English cemdan (see unkempt). A rare word after c.1500; any modern use probably is a whimsical back-formation from unkempt.