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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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  • Meanwhile Mrs. Burton descended to the parlor, more flushed, untidy and angry than one had ever before seen her.

  • She was a fastidious woman, and a beard seemed to her untidy.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • Granny would not allow her to come into the room looking so untidy, and oh!

    Anxious Audrey Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Forgive this untidy note, as it is rather an effort to write.

  • Half the time I can't discover what; but she just smiles at me and says, "Nature's so untidy," or, "The men need looking after."

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
  • It made his wicket look as untidy as any wicket I have ever seen.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • And then they let the room get so untidy; just look at that stack of books for reviewing, and that chaos of papers in the corner.

    We Two Edna Lyall
British Dictionary definitions for untidy


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 untidy

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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