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[uhn-tahy-dee] /ʌnˈtaɪ di/
adjective, untidier, untidiest.
not tidy or neat; slovenly; disordered:
an untidy room; an untidy person.
not well-organized or carried out:
an untidy plan.
verb (used with object), untidied, untidying.
to mess up; disorder; disarrange:
The guests untidied the room.
Origin of untidy
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at un-1, tidy
Related forms
untidily, adverb
untidiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for untidily
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  • He ought not to be permitted to set it untidily upon a soiled tablecloth.

    Study of Child Life Marion Foster Washburne
  • I saw the shape of a man, untidily swathed in reddened bandages.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • A pink cotton blouse was untidily fastened at her neck with a brass safety pin.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • A mass of papers, books, and correspondence littered it untidily.

  • It is partly covered with rough stucco, which is peeling off untidily in patches.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • A mass of silver things jostled each other untidily on the dressing-table.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • Here and there an old sodden boot lay about untidily, at which the Fish-King frowned and looked uneasy.

    The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy Mabel Henriette Spielmann
  • Was it really true that she dressed so untidily as this little scamp made out?

    Beatrice Leigh at College Julia Augusta Schwartz
  • He chews tobacco constantly, and untidily, for his gray beard and moustache are stained yellow.

  • The handkerchief she took from the coat pocket into which it had been untidily stuffed, in order to search underneath.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for untidily


adjective -dier, -diest
not neat; slovenly
verb -dies, -dying, -died
(transitive) to make untidy
Derived Forms
untidily, adverb
untidiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for untidily



early 13c., "untimely, unseasonable, unsuitable," from un- (1) "not" + tidy (adj.). Cf. West Frisian ontidich, Middle Dutch ontidich, Dutch ontijdig, Old High German unzitich, German unzeitig, Norwegian utidig "untimely, unseasonable, unfavorable." Meaning "poorly cared for, not neat" is recorded from mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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