adverb & adjective
- In confusion or disorder: [as adverb]: bits of paper hanging higgledy-piggledy on the furniture and walls [as adjective]: a higgledy-piggledy mountain of newspapersMore example sentences
disordered, disorderly, disorganized, untidy, messy, chaotic, jumbled, muddled, confused, unsystematic, irregular; out of order, in disarray, in a mess, in a muddle, haphazard• informal all over the place, upside-down, topsy-turvyuntidily, haphazardly, anyhow• informal all over the place, helter-skelter, topsy-turvy, every which way, pell-mell, any old how
- It was the previous owner, John Hegarty, who commissioned Hewett to draw up plans for the new house, a higgledy-piggledy amalgamation of neo-Georgian elements, for which permission was granted.
- Adding to the higgledy-piggledy feel of the pub is the situation of the bar, the main part is in one of the front rooms, with a serving hatch tucked under the stairs in the middle of the pub to serve the other rooms.
- The site occupies the corner of a somewhat higgledy-piggledy plaza dominated by a small, historic church.
late 16th century: rhyming jingle, probably with reference to the irregular herding together of pigs.