higgledy-piggledy

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

Definition of higgledy-piggledy

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

higgledy-piggledy

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Origin and Etymology of higgledy-piggledy

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HIGGLEDY-PIGGLEDY Defined for English Language Learners

higgledy-piggledy

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Definition of higgledy-piggledy for English Language Learners

  • : in a messy way : without order


HIGGLEDY-PIGGLEDY Defined for Kids

higgledy-piggledy

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

Definition of higgledy-piggledy for Students

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

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