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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-turvyall over the place, every which wayall over the shopdisordered, disorderly, untidy, disorganized, messy, chaotic, jumbled, muddled, confused, unsystematic, irregular, cluttered, litteredout of order, out of place, in disarray, in a mess, in a jumble, in a muddle, upside-down, at sixes and sevens, haywire, haphazardall over the place, like a bomb's hit itshambolic, all over the shopall over the map, all over the lotorderlessall over the map, all over the lotView synonyms
Late 16th century: rhyming jingle, probably with reference to the irregular herding together of pigs.
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