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Related to higgledy-piggledy: coyly, obviously, permanently, temporarily, usually
In utter disorder or confusion.
See double dactyl.
in a jumble
hig•gle•dy-pig•gle•dy(ˈhɪg əl diˈpɪg əl di)
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.
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|Adj.||1.||higgledy-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 manner; "they were piled up higgledy-piggledy"|