wrought [rawt] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb

  1. Archaic except in some senses. a simple past tense and past participle of work.


  1. worked.
  2. elaborated; embellished.
  3. not rough or crude.
  4. produced or shaped by beating with a hammer, as iron or silver articles.

Origin of wrought 1200–50; Middle English wroght, metathetic variant of worht, past participle of worchen to work Related formsin·ter·wrought, adjectiveself-wrought, adjectivesu·per·wrought, adjectiveun·der·wrought, adjectiveun·wrought, adjectivewell-wrought, adjectiveSynonyms for wrought 2. See worked. Examples from the Web for well-wrought Contemporary Examples of well-wrought

  • With such a well-wrought tale, there’s no reason to let writing—or politics—get in the way.

    Great New Reads

    The Daily Beast

    October 31, 2010

  • Historical Examples of well-wrought

  • Heigho, and how his quiver / with well-wrought hands was rich bedight!

    The Nibelungenlied


  • For what to him was Juno’s well-wrought hem, Diana’s shaft, or Pallas’ olive-stem?

    The Earthly Paradise

    William Morris

  • The roof rises gracefully to its ridge, and each gable end is surmounted by a well-wrought iron finial.

    The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume II (of 2)

    Benjamin Ellis Martin

  • But of the well-wrought cancelli, carrying the mind across the sea to St. Clements, a large part still remains.

    Studies of Travel – Greece

    Edward A. Freeman

  • It is well-wrought, strong, heavy with learning and what the Chaucerians would call “high sentence.”

    The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920


  • British Dictionary definitions for well-wrought well-wrought adjective

    1. (well wrought when postpositive) shaped, formed, or decorated with skill

    wrought verb

    1. archaic a past tense and past participle of work


    1. metallurgy shaped by hammering or beating
    2. (often in combination) formed, fashioned, or worked as specifiedwell-wrought
    3. decorated or made with delicate care

    Word Origin for wrought C16: variant of worht, from Old English geworht, past participle of (ge) wyrcan to work usage Wrought is sometimes used as if it were the past tense and past participle of wreak as in the hurricane wrought havoc in coastal areas. Many people think this use is incorrect Word Origin and History for well-wrought wrought

    mid-13c., from past participle of Middle English werken (see work).

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