A Word A Day : Unkempt
Thursday, 31st January 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : un-kémpt
1. Not properly maintained
2. tangled and matted and in need of combing or grooming
3. messy or disorderly as a result of neglect
4. lacking in polish or elegance
5. Not combed
14th century - un + kempt, past participle of kemb - comb - Old English cemban - Germanic
bedraggled, disheveled, untidy, messy, scruffy, grubby, wild, tousled, ruffled, unruly, frowzy, frayed, shabby, frazzled, slovenly, rumpled, disorganized
means not properly planned and controlled and (of a person) unable to plan one's activities efficiently.
means not organized.
kempt, neat, tidy, trim, combed, smart
• At the worst, a house unkempt
cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.
• The arena was immense but extremely uneven and unkempt
• All three were equally new, but numbers one and two were curtained and sedate, with a human, sociable look to them; While number three, with yawning door and unkempt
garden, had apparently only just received its furniture and made itself ready for its occupants.
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