Definition of untidy in English:

untidy

adjective

  • 1Not arranged neatly and in order.

    ‘the place was dreadfully untidy’
    • ‘Just imagine if the pages of this book, instead of being bound together in numerical order, were delivered to you as an untidy pile.’
    • ‘The Springboks were expected to win well, but the first quarter of the game was much of the same of the class of 2001 as passes went astray and line-outs were untidy.’
    • ‘James nervously straightened his untidy cravat and smoothed his hair.’
    • ‘Many of the shelves are already cleared and the rest are an untidy jumble.’
    • ‘This means that the cemetery has a very untidy, unkempt appearance but this will soon change.’
    • ‘They seemed totally lost and there was far too many door staff making it look cluttered and untidy.’
    • ‘When she saw the maisonette in Sowerby Road, Acomb, she was at first appalled by the untidy state it was in.’
    • ‘Why do we do accumulate, hoard and keep our homes and offices in messy, untidy, disorganized clutter?’
    • ‘Are we turning away locals and visitors because of expensive and inadequate car parking, and an untidy cluttered High Street?’
    • ‘There is clearly much to do, if archaeology is to put its supremely untidy and overstuffed house in order’
    • ‘My flat suddenly looked very chaotic and untidy in comparison.’
    • ‘They reported that the area is overcrowded with vendors, and is untidy and chaotic.’
    • ‘ACT is opposing this bill, because it is very untidy, very messy legislation.’
    • ‘He arrives (albeit rarely) at our untidy, chaotic office and literally turns his nose up in distaste at the mess.’
    • ‘Outside the mortuary, there are more bodies lying in untidy rows covered by red-stained cloths, waiting to be identified by their families.’
    • ‘Her influence on the Chancellor has tidied up his life, his chaotically untidy homes and his unflattering clothing.’
    • ‘Twisting it around, she pulled the hair band over the top and left it in an untidy bun.’
    • ‘The circular road is the most untidy area in the town due to the nature of buildings along this road, many of which are shabby outbuildings and garages.’
    • ‘Carefully I looked at his messy untidy desk, and tried to unravel bits of paper around to see if I could find anything.’
    • ‘Apart from looking rather untidy such displays can cause major difficulties for people in wheelchairs or the visually disabled.’
    disordered, messy, in a mess, disorderly, disorganized, in disorder, in confusion, confused, cluttered, in a clutter, mixed up, in a muddle, muddled, in a jumble, jumbled, in chaos, chaotic, haywire, topsy-turvy, in disarray, awry, askew, upside down, upset, disrupted, at sixes and sevens
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    1. 1.1Not inclined to keep one's possessions or appearance neat and in order.
      ‘she was chronically untidy and her clothes lay where she had dropped them’
      • ‘If my child or yours is wilfully untidy, lazy or disruptive, there is often a genuine case for saying that it is not really his fault.’
      • ‘If an untidy person is unkempt, why is a tidy person not kempt?’
      • ‘Often slovenly and untidy, she dressed to draw attention to her figure, and the history of her love affairs and marriages provided a basis for much talk.’
      • ‘The three men were described as in their twenties, all with dark hair and having a generally untidy appearance.’
      • ‘He is white, 6ft tall, slim and of untidy appearance and was wearing a black baseball cap, dark denim jacket and jeans.’

Pronunciation:

untidy

/ʌnˈtʌɪdi/