Definition of untidy
1a : not neat : slovenly their untidy kitchenb : not neat or orderly in habits or procedure an untidy mind
2a : not neatly organized or carried out an untidy manuscriptb : conducive to a lack of neatness untidy tasks like bathing the baby — New Yorker
untidilyplay \ˌən-ˈtī-də-lē\ adverb
untidinessplay \ˌən-ˈtī-dē-nəs\ 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
Recent Examples of untidy from the Web
Jacob A. Climer’s gray set, with its walls of shelves stocked with boxes and files, summons a sense of institutional order and repression that’s waiting to be toppled by untidy feelings.
A flurry of leaks, counter-leaks and public statements thrust back into the spotlight a decision that has been agonized and untidy even by the standards of a White House known for internal drama.
In addition, the weight of the seed pods tends to eventually pull the plants over and make the planting look more untidy.
The artist’s untidy paintings of dancers and dandies are inventions of hers, rather than true likenesses of individuals, and their wet brush strokes and cold tones recall the portraits of British modernists like Duncan Grant or Gwen John.
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First Known Use of untidy
UNTIDY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of untidy for English Language Learners
: not neat or clean
: not having neat or clean habits
: not done in an organized and pleasant way
UNTIDY Defined for Kids
Definition of untidy for Students
: not neat
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