un kempt

unkempt

[uhn-kempt]
adjective
1.
not combed: unkempt hair.
2.
uncared-for or neglected; disheveled; messy: unkempt clothes; an unkempt lawn.
3.
unpolished; rough; crude.

Origin:
1590–1600; variant of unkembed; see un-1, kempt

unkemptly, adverb
unkemptness, noun
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unkempt (ʌnˈkɛmpt)
 
adj
1.  (of the hair) uncombed; dishevelled
2.  ungroomed; slovenly: unkempt appearance
3.  archaic crude or coarse
 
[Old English uncembed; from un-1 + cembed, past participle of cemban to comb; related to Old Saxon kembian, Old High German kemben to comb]
 
un'kemptly
 
adv
 
un'kemptness
 
n

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unkempt
1570s, from un- (1) "not" + kempt "well-combed, neat," from variant pp. of O.E. cemban "to comb," from P.Gmc. *kambijan, from *kamb- "comb" (see comb). Form unkembed iss recorded from late 14c. The verb kemb is rare after 1400s, but its negative pp. form endures.
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