well-turned [wel-turnd] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for well-turned on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. gracefully shaped: a well-turned ankle.
  2. gracefully and concisely expressed: a well-turned phrase.

Origin of well-turned First recorded in 1610–20 Related Words for well-turned curvaceous, rounded, elegant, comely, graceful, pleasing, balanced, beautiful, built, neat, regular, statuesque, symmetrical, trim, sightly, full-figured, proportioned, sylphlike, well-formed, well-turned Examples from the Web for well-turned Contemporary Examples of well-turned

  • She was perfectly composed, occasionally flashing a wry smile and speaking in thoughtful, well-turned phrases.

    The Woman Who Tried to Kill Me

    Lloyd Grove

    May 29, 2009

  • Historical Examples of well-turned

  • The scholar, too, was remembered with a toast, to which he replied with well-turned phrases.

    The Chinese Fairy Book


  • She liked a well-turned sentence, and repeated it softly to herself.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • When he had said we grow old by moments, was it more than just a well-turned phrase?

    The Blower of Bubbles

    Arthur Beverley Baxter

  • He thought of her humorous eyes, and of her strong, well-turned chin.

    The Doctor’s Red Lamp


  • His well-turned compliments were as fine as his smart repartees.

    Haunted London

    Walter Thornbury

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

    1. (of a phrase, speech, etc) apt and pleasingly sonorous
    2. having a pleasing shapea well-turned leg
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