wrought [rawt] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb
- Archaic except in some senses. a simple past tense and past participle of work.
- elaborated; embellished.
- not rough or crude.
- 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.
The Daily Beast
October 31, 2010
Historical Examples of well-wrought
Heigho, and how his quiver / with well-wrought hands was rich bedight!
For what to him was Juno’s well-wrought hem, Diana’s shaft, or Pallas’ olive-stem?
The roof rises gracefully to its ridge, and each gable end is surmounted by a well-wrought iron finial.
Benjamin Ellis Martin
But of the well-wrought cancelli, carrying the mind across the sea to St. Clements, a large part still remains.
Edward A. Freeman
It is well-wrought, strong, heavy with learning and what the Chaucerians would call “high sentence.”
British Dictionary definitions for well-wrought well-wrought adjective
- (well wrought when postpositive) shaped, formed, or decorated with skill
- archaic a past tense and past participle of work
- metallurgy shaped by hammering or beating
- (often in combination) formed, fashioned, or worked as specifiedwell-wrought
- 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).