- not combed: unkempt hair.
- uncared-for or neglected; disheveled; messy: unkempt clothes; an unkempt lawn.
- unpolished; rough; crude.
Origin of unkempt
Related Words for unkemptshaggy, scruffy, dilapidated, neglected, grungy, grubby, disheveled, messy, bedraggled, coarse, crude, dirty, disordered, rough, slipshod, slovenly, tousled, unclean, unimproved, unpolished
Examples from the Web for unkempt
Contemporary Examples of unkempt
Lemkin hung around the proceedings, disheveled and unkempt, but determined.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
The typically fresh-faced, photogenic 31-year-old actor is sporting a bushy, unkempt, downright Biblical-looking beard.Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’
September 10, 2014
Al Pacino comes dressed in black and gray, wearing multiple bracelets and an unkempt tuft of hair poking up from his scalp.Al Pacino Does What He Wants to Do: 'The Humbling,' Scorsese, and That 'Scarface' Remake
September 9, 2014
Strands of unkempt white hair wave above his head like an anti-surrender flag.Can This Ornery Socialist Spoil the Clinton Coronation?
July 2, 2014
Today, instead of men performing backbreaking work on creaking machinery, unkempt grass bends in the light breeze.The Grape King from Shogunate Japan
Debra A. Klein
April 3, 2014
Historical Examples of unkempt
He ran through the unkempt garden, and was quickly at the door.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
Shorn was the unkempt mop of hair and vanished the impudent swagger.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
He even began a smile in the shadows of his unkempt moustache.The Market-Place
There were two rough-haired, unkempt horses in the tumble-down stable.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Peter knew me not at first, so changed and unkempt was I with my long journeyings.Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
- (of the hair) uncombed; dishevelled
- ungroomed; slovenlyunkempt appearance
- archaic crude or coarse
Word Origin for unkempt
1570s, from un- (1) "not" + kempt "well-combed, neat," from variant past participle of Old English cemban "to comb," from Proto-Germanic *kambijan, from *kamb- "comb" (see comb). Form unkembed is recorded from late 14c. The verb kemb is rare after 1400s, but its negative past participle form endures.