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[uhn-tahy-dee] /ʌnˈtaɪ di/
adjective, untidier, untidiest.
not tidy or neat; slovenly; disordered:
an untidy room; an untidy person.
not well-organized or carried out:
an untidy plan.
verb (used with object), untidied, untidying.
to mess up; disorder; disarrange:
The guests untidied the room.
Origin of untidy
1175-1225; Middle English; see un-1, tidy
Related forms
untidily, adverb
untidiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for untidy
  • Thus they look untidy and/or unhappy with their bodies, whether or not they really are.
  • He went to a little untidy desk in the corner, and began a note.
  • untidy life never breaks through the oppressive, overcast forebodings.
  • The last, untidy two years have only made matters worse.
  • Workshops are untidy and often unpredictable and as complex as the manuscripts, students, and leaders who tenant them.
  • Other potential avenues, such as loop quantum gravity, are also proving untidy.
  • This, and the inevitable hopping from country to country or century to century, give the book an untidy air in places.
  • untidy it may be, but democracy is an extraordinary achievement.
  • Naturally, she receives her comeuppance in a particularly untidy fashion.
  • Report of an unclean or untidy yard, alley, or court that is visible from the street.
British Dictionary definitions for untidy


adjective -dier, -diest
not neat; slovenly
verb -dies, -dying, -died
(transitive) to make untidy
Derived Forms
untidily, adverb
untidiness, noun
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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.

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