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Definition of "unkempt" []

  • Not combed: unkempt hair. (adjective)
  • Not properly maintained; disorderly or untidy: an unkempt garden. See Synonyms at sloppy. (adjective)
  • Unpolished; rude. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unkempt" in a sentence
  • "I had never used the word unkempt and from his bizarre behavior, one would think I had suggested his unruly mop looked like the Uni-bomber."
  • "a dozen dozing till the June sun strikes their bows, these watercraft that seem to be randomly strewn in unkempt yards."
  • "And, referring to my unkempt, bushy eyebrows, she said, “You look just like Brooke Shields!”"