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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNKEMPTNESS

I continued, too weary to be amused by the incongruity of unkemptness trying to look haughty and dignified.

"I come from Madam Bowker," he explained to Craig, humbly conscious of his own disarray and toiler's unkemptness.

Did you think it went beyond that, this unkemptness or this sloppiness?

Straight ahead he saw the garden, lying graceless and deserted, with the unkemptness of extreme old age.

There are two features about him, then, which seem to strike every one, his unkemptness and his shyness.

Perhaps there is, at any rate in the earlier letters, something of this unkemptness in Keats as an epistoler.

WORD ORIGIN

1570s, from un- (1) "not" + kempt "well-combed, neat," from variant past participle of Old English cemban "to comb," from Proto-Germanic *kambijan, from *kamb- "comb" (see comb). Form unkembed is recorded from late 14c. The verb kemb is rare after 1400s, but its negative past participle form endures.

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