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(especially of a person) having an untidy or disheveled appearance.‘they were unwashed and unkempt’
untidy, messy, scruffy, disordered, dishevelled, disarranged, rumpled, windblown, ungroomed, bedraggled, in a mess, messed up, shabby, slovenly, shaggytousled, uncombed, knotted, mattedsloppy, tatty, the worse for weargrottymussed upView synonyms
- ‘He was rather unkempt, so we didn't want to put him in the new family car for his ride home.’
- ‘If you can cope with leaving part of your lawn unkempt then your garden will really benefit.’
- ‘Norman took me into his unkempt, barren back garden to show me the only thing which he could boast of - his four fat white rabbits.’
- ‘It was a woman, dirty, bedraggled and unkempt, but a woman nonetheless.’
- ‘His hair was almost as disheveled and unkempt as mine, and he was the first baboon in the troop who ever interacted with me.’
- ‘I tackled my wardrobes about a year ago, but like an unkempt ivy, disorder and chaos has returned.’
- ‘He peers out from under his scruffy, unkempt hair with a slackjawed, apprehensive expression.’
- ‘It was a shabby, straggly, unkempt little regiment, their faces chapped, their noses running in the cold.’
- ‘The whole head is fluffed up and gently back-combed, so that it looks scruffy and unkempt.’
- ‘The man allowed him to turn around and looked him up and down, taking in the rumpled clothes and unkempt hair.’
- ‘Sporting an unkempt beard and shaggy crop, he makes Robinson Crusoe look like GQ's Man of the Year.’
- ‘The result certainly gives the Parliament an unkempt, unloved appearance lacking in maintenance.’
- ‘I have also had to contact the council regarding the unkempt appearance of the roads in my area.’
- ‘If the garden is unkempt, unhealthy or dying, it is considered to be draining the energy.’
- ‘She raked her fingers through the wild, unkempt gardens of her hair.’
- ‘Her nose was red, her face streaked and tear-stained, her hair disheveled and unkempt.’
- ‘This means that the cemetery has a very untidy, unkempt appearance but this will soon change.’
- ‘The old colonial building with a wild and unkempt garden around was unlit and silent.’
- ‘He had on a white shirt and black trousers which were too short and he was unkempt.’
- ‘She stood in the middle of the devastation, breathing heavily, hair unkempt and gown rumpled and mussed.’
Late Middle English: from un- not + kempt combed (past participle of archaic kemb, related to comb).
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