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unkempt

[uhn-kempt] /ʌnˈkɛmpt/
adjective
1.
not combed:
unkempt hair.
2.
uncared-for or neglected; disheveled; messy:
unkempt clothes; an unkempt lawn.
3.
unpolished; rough; crude.
Origin of unkempt
1590-1600
1590-1600; variant of unkembed; see un-1, kempt
Related forms
unkemptly, adverb
unkemptness, noun
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unkempt

/ʌnˈkɛmpt/
adjective
1.
(of the hair) uncombed; dishevelled
2.
ungroomed; slovenly: unkempt appearance
3.
(archaic) crude or coarse
Derived Forms
unkemptly, adverb
unkemptness, noun
Word Origin
Old English uncembed; from un-1 + cembed, past participle of cemban to comb; related to Old Saxon kembian, Old High German kemben to comb
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Word Origin and History for unkempt
adj.

1570s, from un- (1) "not" + kempt "well-combed, neat," from variant past participle of Old English cemban "to comb," from Proto-Germanic *kambijan, from *kamb- "comb" (see comb). Form unkembed is recorded from late 14c. The verb kemb is rare after 1400s, but its negative past participle form endures.

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