- 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 untidy
There are a lot of Blackwing pencils, old emails, and untidy heaps of books on the desk.How I Write Family Edition: Emma Straub & Peter Straub
August 29, 2012
This video shows just how untidy one room became in a matter of seconds, with a fallen stuffed animal and shelf art on the floor.The Earthquake’s Viral Videos
August 24, 2011
He succeeded thanks to his ear for dialogue, patient plotting, and what Thomson calls a "genuine feeling for untidy people."John Sayles Declares His Independence
May 9, 2011
There could be no doubt of it—the captain was a most untidy man.A Nest of Spies
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.The Twins of Suffering Creek
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
- not neat; slovenly
- (tr) to make untidy
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.