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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNTIDINESS

Books were strewn here and there, but there was no slovenliness or untidiness; and, ha!

"I'll leave this untidiness for your man to clear," said Kitson.

In spite of her untidiness, we all liked her, for she was always good company.

For heaven's sake forgive the untidiness of this whole note.

Ela was thinking deeply, and frowning at the untidiness of the table.

Perhaps it's the haste that makes the June-bug's untidiness.

No untidiness there; all so carefully, thoughtfully arranged.

Ladies were always sensitive about untidiness, and, of course, the room was untidy.

Had Clare never got into a row for untidiness in her own young days?

It shows itself in many habits of recklessness, wastefulness, and untidiness.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "untimely, unseasonable, unsuitable," from un- (1) "not" + tidy (adj.). Cf. West Frisian ontidich, Middle Dutch ontidich, Dutch ontijdig, Old High German unzitich, German unzeitig, Norwegian utidig "untimely, unseasonable, unfavorable." Meaning "poorly cared for, not neat" is recorded from mid-14c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR UNTIDINESS

clutter

noundisarray, mess
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.