well-rounded [wel-roun-did] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for well-rounded on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. having desirably varied abilities or attainments.
  2. desirably varied: a well-rounded curriculum.
  3. fully developed; well-balanced.

Origin of well-rounded First recorded in 1870–75 Related Words for well-rounded excellent, versatile, all-around, all-round, curvaceous, shapely, voluptuous, well-built, well-shaped Examples from the Web for well-rounded Contemporary Examples of well-rounded

  • “In my opinion, Topanga was one of the most well-rounded, well-written characters on TV,” she says.

    ‘Boy Meets World’ Star Danielle Fishel Is OK with Being Topanga Forever

    Kevin Fallon

    September 11, 2014

  • It does seem like television is the medium for very rich, well-rounded female characters—as opposed to film.

    Frances McDormand on ‘Olive Kitteridge,’ Dropping LSD, and Her Beef With FX’s ‘Fargo’

    Marlow Stern

    September 3, 2014

  • What does, is that you do it, and that it helps to make a better, well-rounded you.

    Life’s Essentials: Serious Work, Serious Fun.

    July 21, 2014

  • Solomon interviewed 300 families to present a well-rounded perspective on the complex variety of combinations that can occur.

    Our Favorite Books of 2012: Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Others’ Picks

    The Daily Beast

    December 11, 2012

  • The worst-kept secret of college admissions is that colleges are looking for the well-rounded class, not the well-rounded kid.

    Steve Cohen on the Three Biggest College Admissions Lies

    Steve Cohen

    September 26, 2012

  • Historical Examples of well-rounded

  • Her figure was well-rounded, plump, and what the French call nette.

    Charles O’Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Charles Lever

  • Cabbage, crisp and firm, with a well-rounded and compact head.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)


  • Our instructions call for finding a person with a well-rounded education.

    Master of None

    Lloyd Neil Goble

  • Her form had filled out until it was admirably plump and well-rounded.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • There is persuasiveness in a well-rounded muscular development.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot

    Thomas D. Whittles

  • British Dictionary definitions for well-rounded well-rounded adjective (well rounded when postpositive)

    1. rounded in shape or well developeda well-rounded figure
    2. full, varied, and satisfyinga well-rounded life
    3. well planned and balanceda well-rounded programme

    Word Origin and History for well-rounded adj.

    1796, from well (adv.) + past participle of round (v.). Figurative sense is from mid-19c.

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