unkempt

[ uhn-kempt ]
/ ʌnˈkɛmpt /

adjective

not combed: unkempt hair.
uncared-for or neglected; disheveled; messy: unkempt clothes; an unkempt lawn.
unpolished; rough; crude.

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Origin of unkempt

1590–1600; variant of unkembed;see un-1, kempt

OTHER WORDS FROM unkempt

un·kempt·ly, adverbun·kempt·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unkempt

unkempt
/ (ʌnˈkɛmpt) /

adjective

(of the hair) uncombed; dishevelled
ungroomed; slovenlyunkempt appearance
archaic crude or coarse

Derived forms of unkempt

unkemptly, adverbunkemptness, noun

Word Origin for unkempt

Old English uncembed; from un- 1 + cembed, past participle of cemban to comb; related to Old Saxon kembian, Old High German kemben to comb
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