adverb & adjective
- In confusion or disorder: [as adverb]: bits of paper hanging higgledy-piggledy on the walls [as adjective]: a higgledy-piggledy mountain of newspapersMore example sentences
disordered, disorderly, untidy, disorganized, messy, chaotic, jumbled, muddled, confused, unsystematic, irregular, cluttered, littered; out of order, out of place, in disarray, in a mess, in a jumble, in a muddle, upside-down, at sixes and sevens, haywire, haphazard• informal all over the place, like a bomb's hit it• rare orderlessuntidily, haphazardly, indiscriminately, in a mess, in confusion, in a heap, anyhow, any old how, pell-mell, topsy-turvy• informal all over the place, every which wayBritish • informal all over the shopNorth American • informal all over the map, all over the lot
- 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.