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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
Historical Examples
  • 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 paper was soiled and untidily folded, but the drawing was clear.

    A Dozen Ways Of Love

    Lily Dougall
  • A mass of silver things jostled each other untidily on the dressing-table.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • She dances as untidily as she dresses, I believe, and her husband is somewhere in Madras.

  • Was it really true that she dressed so untidily as this little scamp made out?

    Beatrice Leigh at College

    Julia Augusta Schwartz
  • She thought of the ragged garden, the shabby house; the ill-cooked, untidily served meals—and she felt she could have cried.

    Anxious Audrey Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • The hair fell loose, untidily, the puny face wore colour, the eyes had fire in them.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
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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