higgledy-piggledy


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Related to higgledy-piggledy: coyly, obviously, permanently, temporarily, usually

hig·gle·dy-pig·gle·dy

 (hĭg′əl-dē-pĭg′əl-dē)
adv.
In utter disorder or confusion.
adj.
Topsy-turvy; jumbled.

[Origin unknown.]

higgledy-piggledy

(ˈhɪɡəldɪˈpɪɡəldɪ)
adj, adv
in a jumble
n
a muddle

hig•gle•dy-pig•gle•dy

(ˈhɪg əl diˈpɪg əl di)

adv.
1. in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter.
adj.
2. confused; jumbled.
[1590–1600; rhyming compound of uncertain orig.]

higgledy-piggledy

- Probably formed from pig and the animal's suggestions of mess and disorder.
See also related terms for mess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.higgledy-piggledy - in utter disorderhiggledy-piggledy - in utter disorder; "a disorderly pile of clothes"
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"
Adv.1.higgledy-piggledy - in a disordered mannerhiggledy-piggledy - in a disordered manner; "they were piled up higgledy-piggledy"

higgledy-piggledy

(Informal)
adjective
1. haphazard, muddled, jumbled, indiscriminate, topsy-turvy, helter-skelter, pell-mell books stacked in higgledy-piggledy piles on the floor
adverb
1. haphazardly, all over the place, anyhow, topsy-turvy, helter-skelter, all over the shop (informal), pell-mell, confusedly, any old how boulders tossed higgledy-piggledy as though by some giant

higgledy-piggledy

adjective
Characterized by physical confusion:
Informal: mixed-up.
Translations

higgledy-piggledy

[ˈhɪgldɪˈpɪgldɪ]
A. ADV [be] → en desorden; [do] → de cualquier modo, a la buena de Dios
B. ADJrevuelto, desordenado

higgledy-piggledy

advdurcheinander, wie Kraut und Rüben (inf)
adjdurcheinander; (= confused)wirr

higgledy-piggledy

[ˈhɪgldɪˈpɪgldɪ]
1. adjbuttato/a alla rinfusa
2. advalla rinfusa
References in classic literature ?
Prince Alphabet turned topsy-turvy, I call him, for his name's got all the letters in it, higgledy-piggledy.
She said: "The old school was very crowded and higgledy-piggledy.
Perhaps the reference to Florence is a visual thing - certainly the higgledy-piggledy nuts and fruits of these biscuits have a look of the beautifully chaotic roofs of the eponymous city.
Identikit waste bins an Iron Curtain reminder WHEN we were introducing the first western built jets behind the Iron Curtain (Romania's State Airline 'Tarom') in the late 1960s, most days Nicolae Ceaucescu's ministers seem to take great pleasure in sticking us in the back of their Zil limousines for a tour of row after row after row of Bucharest's identical (inside and outside) high-rise concrete blocks of flats, completely ignoring the fact there were no design features, trees or gardens, as the whole complex was surrounded by an untidy higgledy-piggledy array of hundreds of government issued dustbins.
I admire the higgledy-piggledy buildings that line the cobbled streets.
We have directions but once we turn off the highway it all goes higgledy-piggledy.
My own local, in the higgledy-piggledy, steep-sloping streets in the hinterland of Mumbles, contains the likes of lifeboatmen, lecturers, farm workers, judges, one or two vicars, students, doctors and actors.
Stack them neatly behind the shed or lay them higgledy-piggledy on top of each other in a corner of the garden.
Barclays Corporate is transferring from its current base in Grey Street - higgledy-piggledy premises not suitable for the 21st Century, according to director Brian Thorpe - to the Quayside.
Two half-empty glasses of wine, a dish of higgledy-piggledy lemons, a bride-to-be having a dress fitting and two old men in black berets blethering.
Tim said: "The old studio was in a great location, but it was a little bit higgledy-piggledy, and only had one studio; you really need a minimum of two.
Pre-match forecasts of a snow-ridden Armageddon mercifully failed to materialise in a game farmed out to the higgledy-piggledy splendour of Otley, but a glue-pot of a pitch and horizontal rain both had an impact.