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    another word for vain

    Hi everyone!

    I'm looking for a word (adjective) that describes a person who is very concerned about appearance. I, for example, don't leave home if I'm not neatly dressed, and with a little make-up on. I know the word vain, but I always see it used in a negative way, as well as conceited.
    Is there any word for such a thing without a negative meaning?
    In portuguese the word is 'vaidosa'.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by BrunaBC; 08-Jun-2012 at 13:11.
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    Re: another word for vain

    Vain - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    Scroll down for synonyms

    Or try this one: vain - WordReference.com English Thesaurus

    But no "nice" synonym of vain, as far as I could see.

    Greetings,

    charliedeut

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    Re: another word for vain

    Thank you charliedeut, but, unfortunatley, it didn't solve my doubt.

    Won't anybody else come up with a word?

    Thanks.
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    Re: another word for vain

    I'm looking for a word (adjective) that describes a person who is very concerned about appearance. I, for example, don't leave home if I'm not neatly dressed, and with a little make-up on. I know the word vain, but I always see it used in a negative way, as well as conceited.
    Is there any word for such a thing without a negative meaning?
    In portuguese the word is 'vaidosa'.


    I put "vaidosa" into an online translator and it said "vain person", which doesn't help us much.
    Someone who is always clean, neat and presentable when they leave the house might be considered "well-groomed", "smart" or "spruce", but I'm not sure there's a single word for such people; they are people who "take care how they look", "always look their best", "always present well" etc. Words like "stylish" and "dapper" refer to specific attributes of dress and style rather than just a general carefulness about appearance. So I can't think of a word that covers exactly the meaning you want, but you sound like someone who my mother might describe as always looking smart when she's out and about.

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    Re: another word for vain

    Thanks JMurray! It really helped!
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    Re: another word for vain

    For a man you could call him a dandy.

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    Re: another word for vain

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Thank you charliedeut, but, unfortunatley, it didn't solve my doubt.

    Won't anybody else come up with a word?

    Thanks.
    I'm sorry to read that . I'll keep trying, though
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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