- not tidy or neat; slovenly; disordered: an untidy room; an untidy person.
- not well-organized or carried out: an untidy plan.
- to mess up; disorder; disarrange: The guests untidied the room.
Origin of untidy
Examples from the Web for untidiness
Historical Examples of untidiness
Books were strewn here and there, but there was no slovenliness or untidiness; and, ha!My New Curate
"I'll leave this untidiness for your man to clear," said Kitson.The Green Rust
In spite of her untidiness, we all liked her, for she was always good company.Cricket at the Seashore
Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
For heaven's sake forgive the untidiness of this whole note.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
Ela was thinking deeply, and frowning at the untidiness of the table.The Secret House
- not neat; slovenly
- (tr) to make untidy
Word Origin and History for untidiness
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.