V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. poorly groomed; 2. messy or disheveled

Synonyms: messy, uncombed, unclean, ungroomed, untidy, disheveled, rumpled, shabby, grungy, disorganized

Antonyms: neat, tidy, well-kept

Tips: The root word kempt comes from Old English cemban, which means "neat, well-groomed." Therefore, unkempt is used to refer to things that are not neat or well-groomed.

Usage Examples:

Bob was told that his unkempt yard was bringing down the property prices in his neighborhood. (ungroomed, untidy)

I could not believe that Mike showed up to the party with unkempt hair and disheveled clothing. (messy, ungroomed)

After three days in the wilderness, the dirty, unkempt campers couldn't wait to take a shower. (grungy, ungroomed)

No matter how often she combed it, the little boy's mom could not control her son's unruly, unkempt hair. (messy, untidy)

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