untidy

adjective

un·​ti·​dy ˌən-ˈtī-dē How to pronounce untidy (audio)
1
a
: not neat : slovenly
their untidy kitchen
b
: not neat or orderly in habits or procedure
an untidy mind
2
a
: not neatly organized or carried out
an untidy manuscript
b
: conducive to a lack of neatness
untidy tasks like bathing the babyNew Yorker
untidily adverb
untidiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Untidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untidy. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

untidy

adjective
un·​ti·​dy ˌən-ˈtīd-ē How to pronounce untidy (audio)
ˈən-
1
: not neat : careless
2
a
: not neatly organized or carried out
b
: marked by a lack of neatness
untidily adverb
untidiness noun

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