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higgledy–piggledy

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adverb hig·gle·dy–pig·gle·dy \ˌhi-gəl-dē-ˈpi-gəl-dē\

Simple Definition of higgledy–piggledy

  • : in a messy way : without order

Full Definition of higgledy–piggledy

  1. :  in a confused, disordered, or random manner <tiny hovels piled higgledy–piggledy against each other — Edward Behr>

higgledy–piggledy adjective

Origin of higgledy–piggledy

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1598


HIGGLEDY–PIGGLEDY Defined for Kids

higgledy–piggledy

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adverb or adjective hig·gle·dy–pig·gle·dy \ˌhi-gəl-dē-ˈpi-gəl-dē\

Definition of higgledy–piggledy

  1. :  in a messy way :  topsy-turvy <Clothes were scattered higgledy-piggledy.> <Their apartment was higgledy-piggledy.>




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