Definition of unkempt in English:

unkempt

Syllabification: un·kempt
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈkem(p)t
 
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adjective

(Especially of a person) having an untidy or disheveled appearance: they were unwashed and unkempt
More example sentences
  • He was rather unkempt, so we didn't want to put him in the new family car for his ride home.
  • He had on a white shirt and black trousers which were too short and he was unkempt.
  • This means that the cemetery has a very untidy, unkempt appearance but this will soon change.
Synonyms
untidy, messy, scruffy, straggly, disordered, disheveled, disarranged, rumpled, windblown, ungroomed, bedraggled, in a mess, mussed, messed up; tousled, uncombed

Origin

late Middle English: from un-1 'not' + kempt 'combed' (past participle of archaic kemb, related to comb).

Derivatives

unkemptly

adverb
More example sentences
  • His pale, blond hair stuck out unkemptly, almost looking silvery under the dim light.
  • He had undone his oiled topknot and his graying hair was spread unkemptly upon his long neck.
  • Her brown face was seamed with a hundred wrinkles, and her tangled, grizzled hair fell unkemptly over her shoulders.

unkemptness

noun
More example sentences
  • His colleagues snicker at the twilight samurai as he leaves, at his shabby dress and general unkemptness as well as his reason for leaving.
  • Imagine a thin moody moustache is slithering across my upper lip rather than the manly unkemptness that I call my beard.
  • ‘Joe, Joe,’ he'd crackle, his husky voice matching his mussed hair and general unkemptness.

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