Definition of higgledy-piggledy in English:


adjective & adverb

  • In confusion or disorder.

    [as adverb] ‘bits of paper hanging higgledy-piggledy on the furniture and walls’
    [as adjective] ‘a higgledy-piggledy mountain of newspapers’
    in disorder, in a muddle, in a jumble, in disarray, in a disorganized manner, untidily, haphazardly, indiscriminately, in a mess, in confusion, in a heap, anyhow, any old how, pell-mell, topsy-turvy
    all over the place, every which way
    all over the shop
    disordered, disorderly, untidy, disorganized, messy, chaotic, jumbled, muddled, confused, unsystematic, irregular, cluttered, littered
    out of order, out of place, in disarray, in a mess, in a jumble, in a muddle, upside-down, at sixes and sevens, haywire, haphazard
    all over the place, like a bomb's hit it
    shambolic, all over the shop
    all over the map, all over the lot
    all over the map, all over the lot
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Late 16th century: rhyming jingle, probably with reference to the irregular herding together of pigs.