un·​ti·​dy | \ ˌən-ˈtī-dē How to pronounce untidy (audio) \

Definition of untidy

1a : not neat : slovenly their untidy kitchen
b : not neat or orderly in habits or procedure an untidy mind
2a : not neatly organized or carried out an untidy manuscript
b : conducive to a lack of neatness untidy tasks like bathing the babyNew Yorker

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Other Words from untidy

untidily \ ˌən-​ˈtī-​də-​lē How to pronounce untidily (audio) \ adverb
untidiness \ ˌən-​ˈtī-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce untidiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of untidy in a Sentence

I can never find anything in this untidy office. neighbors gossiped about the woman's rumpled and untidy children

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These are just a few of the many untidy and chaotic but oh-so-fun events that are part of this year’s Messy Fest. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 But the bikes faced vandalism and theft, and were left in untidy piles that city authorities had to deal with. Jane Li, Quartz, "A court has revealed the sorry state of a Chinese bike-sharing startup once worth $2 billion," 19 June 2019 Then trim any untidy hairs that are too curly, or are longer than the rest. Glamour, "I Went to Meghan Markle's Favorite Brow Place and Learned So Many Secrets," 10 May 2019 Having proved herself in television, she is excited by the challenge of working within the finite story structure of a film, with no untidy open-endedness. David Kamp, WSJ, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a Powerhouse on the Rise," 5 Nov. 2018 Hotel Yan Beyond an untidy metal lattice exterior is a surprisingly on-point lobby that resembles a hip coworking space, with long tables and workbenches, a cafe-bar and mod chandeliers. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Singapore," 28 Feb. 2018 Black Rage’ is a confusing, misleading, intellectually untidy piece. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Price Cobbs, Who Helped Define ‘Black Rage,’ Is Dead at 89," 10 July 2018 In addition to competing for workers, Walmart is trying to improve customer service in its roughly 4,700 stores around the United States, some of which have been criticized for being untidy in the past. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Walmart’s Bumpy Day: From Wage Increase to Store Closings," 11 Jan. 2018 Short, skinny and untidy, Deku looks more like a nerdy teenager than a comic book hero. Charles Solomon, latimes.com, "Anime Expo 2018 returns to L.A. with 'My Hero Academia: Two Heroes' premiere," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of untidy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of untidy

: not neat or clean
: not having neat or clean habits
: not done in an organized and pleasant way


un·​ti·​dy | \ ˌən-ˈtī-dē How to pronounce untidy (audio) \
untidier; untidiest

Kids Definition of untidy

: not neat

Other Words from untidy

untidily \ -​ˈtī-​də-​lē \ adverb
untidiness \ -​ˈtī-​dē-​nəs \ noun

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