untidy

adjective
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

Other Words from untidy

untidily \ ˌən-​ˈtī-​də-​lē How to pronounce untidy (audio) \ adverb
untidiness \ ˌən-​ˈtī-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce untidy (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
Recent Examples on the Web Putting the ball in play after a long at-bat sparked an inning that finished with four runs, in spite of some untidy Braves’ unraveling. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 Anousheh: Grappling with this question has led me down a very untidy linguistic rabbit hole, but the vague answer is that many of the world’s languages do NOT use gendered pronouns. Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2022 Dear Anousheh: Grappling with this question has led me down a very untidy linguistic rabbit hole, but the vague answer is that many of the world’s languages do NOT use gendered pronouns. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 31 Jan. 2022 The results are untidy and unbalanced, but derive considerable energy from that eccentric approach. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 26 Jan. 2022 Our experience illustrates how deep, untidy and idiosyncratic vaccine resistance may be. Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 More Television Reviews Not everything is explained in the Berman-Pulcini script, or serves an obvious function—Catherine’s bulimia, for instance, or her Catholicism, which may be untidy threads left over after tailoring the novel for the screen. John Anderson, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 My closet is typically a hair-raising tumble of clothes—some haphazardly hung, some stacked on shelves in untidy, teetering piles. Kathryn O'shea-evans, House Beautiful, 17 Apr. 2020 New York City, a place where strangers’ lives intertwine in fantastic and untidy ways, has been forced into solitude by social distancing measures. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of untidy

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

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“Untidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untidy. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for untidy

untidy

adjective
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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