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ill-kempt

[il-kempt] /ˈɪlˈkɛmpt/
adjective
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  • Up through a neglected thicket of Virginia shrubs and ill-kempt trees you drive to the house.

  • He could now see that his father's clothes were mud-stained and torn, that his long white hair was ill-kempt.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • It was pale now under the ill-kempt hair, and the set purpose of helpfulness was stamped upon it.

    The Mormon Prophet Lily Dougall
  • An ill-kempt, unwieldy man dressed in the uniform of an officer was seated on a stone bench and scowled as the two appeared.

    The Great Airship. F. S. Brereton
  • It was a pitiful figure--ill-kempt ragged, half-starved, haggard-faced.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • If there is one place where the sweetest girl is decidedly plain and ill-kempt it is at the seaside.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • When last I saw him he was spruce enough, but he looked ill at ease: now, untidy and ill-kempt, he looked perfectly at home.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • ill-kempt women stood idly about the doorways, or sat upon unscrubbed steps with dirty babies in their arms.

  • The laager was captured, and with it forty ill-kempt, surly prisoners.

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