An unkempt yard.
An example of something that would be described as unkempt is a house with an overgrown lawn and broken windows.
- tangled, disheveled, etc., as if from not having been combed
- not tidy or neat; messy
- not polished or refined; crude; rough
Origin of unkemptun- + kempt, past participle of dialect, dialectal kemben, to comb from Middle English from Old English cemban from camb, a comb
- Not combed: unkempt hair.
- Disorderly or untidy in appearance: an unkempt vagabond; an unkempt garden. See Synonyms at sloppy.
Origin of unkemptMiddle English unkemd un- not ; see un- 1. kembed past participle of kemben to comb ( from Old English cemban ; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.)
(comparative more unkempt, superlative most unkempt)
un- + Middle English kempt (“combed"), compare German kÃ¤mmen.