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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for untidy
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  • There could be no doubt of it—the captain was a most untidy man.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Leonard, though furtive, was untidy, and left it lying about.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • And though, as James had said, the place was untidy, he saw nothing and none of it.

  • He looked at me for a minute or two, pulling his untidy beard.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • About every thing in which it is possible to be so, she is untidy.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • And goodness gracious, child, how untidy you are to be sure!'

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • But Aunt Kate sniffed at the untidy kitchen and living-room.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett
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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