unkempt

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adjective un·kempt \ˌən-ˈkem(p)t\

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 in a sentence

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

  2. an unkempt and cluttered room

Origin and Etymology 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


UNKEMPT Defined for English Language Learners

unkempt

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adjective un·kempt \ˌən-ˈkem(p)t\

Definition of unkempt for English Language Learners

  • : not neat or orderly : messy or untidy


UNKEMPT Defined for Kids

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adjective un·kempt \ˌən-ˈkempt\

Definition of unkempt for Students

  1. 1 :  not combed unkempt hair

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



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