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higgledy-piggledy

[hig-uh l-dee-pig-uh l-dee] /ˈhɪg əl diˈpɪg əl di/
adverb
1.
in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter.
adjective
2.
confused; jumbled.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; rhyming compound of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for higgledy piggledy

higgledy-piggledy

/ˈhɪɡəldɪˈpɪɡəldɪ/
adjective, adverb
1.
in a jumble
noun
2.
a muddle
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Word Origin and History for higgledy piggledy
higgledy-piggledy
1598, probably formed from pig and the animal's suggestions of mess and disorder.
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Slang definitions & phrases for higgledy piggledy

higgledy-piggledy

adjective

Confused; chaotic; messy: I was walking in dark corridors that were all higgledypiggledy

[1598+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr the disorderly herding configuration of pigs]


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