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un- +‎ tidy

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  • IPA(key): /ʌnˈtaɪdi/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪdi

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untidy (comparative untidier, superlative untidiest)

untidy room
  1. Sloppy.
    I have never seen such an untidy bedroom!
  2. Disorganized.
    His finances were in an untidy state when he died.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, [], and all these articles [] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.

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untidy (third-person singular simple present untidies, present participle untidying, simple past and past participle untidied)

  1. (transitive) To make untidy, to make a mess
    • 2014, Jennie Shortridge, Love Water Memory, page 116:
      Before she closed each drawer she rummaged her hands through the clothes, untidying them just enough to feel comfortable.

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