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adjective, un·ti·di·er, un·ti·di·est.
  1. not tidy or neat; slovenly; disordered: an untidy room; an untidy person.
  2. not well-organized or carried out: an untidy plan.
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verb (used with object), un·ti·died, un·ti·dy·ing.
  1. to mess up; disorder; disarrange: The guests untidied the room.
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Origin of untidy

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at un-1, tidy
Related formsun·ti·di·ly, adverbun·ti·di·ness, noun
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Related Words for untidiest

messy, tangled, bedraggled, jumbled, sloppy, careless, chaotic, disheveled, dowdy, frowzy, mess, muddled, slapdash, slipshod, slovenly, tacky, topsy-turvy, tousled, unkempt, unsettled

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Historical Examples of untidiest

  • I entered what was then, and probably is still, the untidiest room in England.

    Sonia Between two Worlds

    Stephen McKenna

  • It is altogether the untidiest public park I saw in Ireland.

    One Irish Summer

    William Eleroy Curtis

  • Her room was the untidiest that Nellie had ever seen, and the tea a picnic.

  • The bloods wore evening dress; even the untidiest junior oiled his hair and put on a clean collar.

British Dictionary definitions for untidiest


adjective -dier or -diest
  1. not neat; slovenly
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verb -dies, -dying or -died
  1. (tr) to make untidy
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Derived Formsuntidily, adverbuntidiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for untidiest



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.

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