- not tidy or neat; slovenly; disordered: an untidy room; an untidy person.
- not well-organized or carried out: an untidy plan.
- to mess up; disorder; disarrange: The guests untidied the room.
Origin of untidy
Examples from the Web for untidily
I saw the shape of a man, untidily swathed in reddened bandages.The Lost Continent
C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
It is partly covered with rough stucco, which is peeling off untidily in patches.The Thames
G. E. Mitton
But this carcass was torn and mangled most untidily; and the Boy divined the culprits.The Kindred of the Wild
Charles G. D. Roberts
A mass of papers, books, and correspondence littered it untidily.The Adventures of Jimmie Dale
Frank L. Packard
The paper was soiled and untidily folded, but the drawing was clear.A Dozen Ways Of Love
- not neat; slovenly
- (tr) to make untidy
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.