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higgledy-piggledy

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Pronunciation: /ˌhɪɡ(ə)ldɪˈpɪɡ(ə)ldi
 
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Definition of higgledy-piggledy in English:

adverb& adjective

In confusion or disorder: [as adverb]: bits of paper hanging higgledy-piggledy on the walls [as adjective]: a higgledy-piggledy mountain of newspapers
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
British informal shambolic, all over the shop
North American informal all over the map, all over the lot
rare orderless
in disorder, in a muddle, in a jumble, in disarray, in a disorganized manner, untidily, 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 way
British informal all over the shop
North American informal all over the map, all over the lot

Origin

late 16th century: rhyming jingle, probably with reference to the irregular herding together of pigs.

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  • This is a rhyming jingle probably used with reference to the herding together of pigs in a disorderly and confused way.

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