unkempt


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un·kempt

 (ŭn-kĕmpt′)
adj.
1. Not combed: unkempt hair.
2. Disorderly or untidy in appearance: an unkempt vagabond; an unkempt garden. See Synonyms at sloppy.

[Middle English unkemd : un-, not; see un-1 + kembed, past participle of kemben, to comb (from Old English cemban; see gembh- in Indo-European roots).]

unkempt

(ʌnˈkɛmpt)
adj
1. (of the hair) uncombed; dishevelled
2. ungroomed; slovenly: unkempt appearance.
3. archaic crude or coarse
[Old English uncembed; from un-1 + cembed, past participle of cemban to comb; related to Old Saxon kembian, Old High German kemben to comb]
unˈkemptly adv
unˈkemptness n

un•kempt

(ʌnˈkɛmpt)

adj.
1. not combed: unkempt hair.
2. uncared-for or neglected; disheveled; messy.
3. unpolished; rough; crude.
[1590–1600; un-1 + kempt combed, Middle English, past participle of kemben, Old English cemban to comb]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unkempt - not neatly combedunkempt - not neatly combed; "wild unkempt hair"
uncombed - (of hair) not combed; "he was unwashed and uncombed with his clothes half buttoned"; "wild unkempt hair"
2.unkempt - not properly maintained or cared for; "an unkempt garden"; "native vistas and unkempt rambling paths"; "an ukempt appearance"
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"

unkempt

adjective
1. uncombed, tousled, shaggy, ungroomed His hair was unkempt and filthy.

unkempt

adjective
Marked by an absence of cleanliness and order:
Translations

unkempt

[ˈʌnˈkempt] ADJ [clothes, appearance] → descuidado, desaliñado; [hair] → despeinado, descuidado; [beard, garden, park] → descuidado

unkempt

[ˌʌnˈkɛmpt] adj
[person] → débraillé(e); [appearance] → négligé(e); [hair] → mal peigné(e)
[grass] → mal entretenu(e)

unkempt

adj hairungekämmt; appearance, garden etcungepflegt, vernachlässigt; person, beardungepflegt

unkempt

[ʌnˈkɛmpt] adj (hair) → scarmigliato/a, spettinato/a; (appearance) → trasandato/a
References in classic literature ?
Through wooded glades he wanders with dancing nymphs who foot it on some sheer cliff's edge, calling upon Pan, the shepherd-god, long- haired, unkempt.
All three were equally new, but numbers one and two were curtained and sedate, with a human, sociable look to them; while number three, with yawning door and unkempt garden, had apparently only just received its furniture and made itself ready for its occupants.
The others were no less ragged and unkempt, even the foppish Will Scarlet being so badly run down at the heel that the court ladies would hardly have had speech with him.
The arena was immense but extremely uneven and unkempt.
Men on cycles, lean-faced, unkempt, scorched along every country lane shouting of unhoped deliverance, shouting to gaunt, staring figures of despair.
His hands were big, his hair wanted barbering, and his moustache was unkempt.
He himself felt the difference - he realised his ignorance, his unkempt and uncared-for appearance.
A little old man with unkempt beard was doing something bent down over some iron, muttering meaningless French words, and she, as she always did in this nightmare (it was what made the horror of it), felt that this peasant was taking no notice of her, but was doing something horrible with the iron-- over her.
It was a quarter well stocked with deformed, leering, unkempt and uncombed idiots, who held out hands or caps and begged piteously.
East, West, North, and South, through the woods, four heavy-treading, unkempt figures crushed the high grass and cracked the branches, striding on cautiously to come together in the courtyard.
How could he dare go, naked and unkempt, to that fair thing who had once been his jungle-fellow and propose the thing that had been in his mind when first the realization of his love had swept over him?
He was now a man of thirty-two, tall and lean, but with the same wild and unkempt look they remembered on him as a boy.