un·​kept ˌən-ˈkept How to pronounce unkept (audio)
: not kept
an unkept promise
an unkept garden

Examples of unkept in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not to mention the mounting frustration of leaders from the global south over unkept promises of aid. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 4 Dec. 2023 Social media commenters would say her hair looked unkept because it wasn’t always groomed to their liking. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 30 Oct. 2023 Movie trailers can be full of unkept promises. Vulture, 27 July 2022 In the rare instances when curly hair is showcased in the Korean media, women are often displayed as being unprofessional, unkept, or in the middle of a life crisis. Jada Jackson, Allure, 16 Nov. 2022 In March, a troop of engineers gathered in an unkept green field in rural Nottinghamshire, England. Wired, 6 July 2022 The animals were malnourished, filthy and unkept, the sheriff's office said. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Feb. 2022 An artist with similarly unkept brown curls in his adulthood! Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 Consumers, employees, investors, and regulators, already skeptical of unkept promises are watching closely. Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unkept was in the 14th century

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“Unkept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unkept. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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