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unkempt

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adjective un·kempt \-ˈkem(p)t\

Simple Definition of unkempt

  • : not neat or orderly : messy or untidy

Full Definition of unkempt

  1. 1 :  not combed <unkempt hair>

  2. 2 :  deficient in order or neatness <unkempt individuals> <unkempt hotel rooms>; also :  rough, unpolished <unkempt prose>

Examples of unkempt

  1. She wore rumpled clothing and her hair was unkempt.

  2. <an unkempt and cluttered room>



Origin of unkempt

Middle English unkemd, unkempt, from un- + kembed, kempt, past participle of kemben to comb, from Old English cemban; akin to Old High German chempen to comb, Old English camb comb — more at comb


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with unkempt


UNKEMPT Defined for Kids

unkempt

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adjective un·kempt \ˌən-ˈkempt\

Definition of unkempt

  1. 1 :  not combed <unkempt hair>

  2. 2 :  not neat and orderly :  untidy <an unkempt room>





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