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 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 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 The orchestra sounded less refined than usual, violins in particular untidy in some upper-range writing. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 7 Mar. 2020 That same day, Self’s cellmate complained that Self was untidy and asked him to clean up the cell. oregonlive, 10 Apr. 2020 Even the untidy among us have become germophobes, incessantly washing our hands and wiping down surfaces. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, 15 Mar. 2020 Horton’s untidy, rampant suburban garden swamps fences and pergolas and seems to rise like a tide toward the red-roofed houses themselves. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, 16 Mar. 2020

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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 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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