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hig·gle·dy-pig·gle·dy

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

[Origin unknown.]
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higgledy-piggledy

(ˈhɪɡəldɪˈpɪɡəldɪ)
adj, adv
in a jumble
n
a muddle
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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.]
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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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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"
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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
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higgledy-piggledy

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

higgledy-piggledy

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

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

[ˈhɪgldɪˈpɪgldɪ]
1. adjbuttato/a alla rinfusa
2. advalla rinfusa
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