higgledy-piggledy

adverb
hig·​gle·​dy-pig·​gle·​dy | \ ˌhi-gəl-dē-ˈpi-gəl-dē How to pronounce higgledy-piggledy (audio) \

Definition of higgledy-piggledy

: in a confused, disordered, or random manner tiny hovels piled higgledy-piggledy against each other— Edward Behr

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First Known Use of higgledy-piggledy

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Higgledy-piggledy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higgledy-piggledy. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of higgledy-piggledy

informal : in a messy way : without order

higgledy-piggledy

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hig·​gle·​dy-pig·​gle·​dy | \ ˌhi-gəl-dē-ˈpi-gəl-dē \

Kids Definition of higgledy-piggledy

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

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