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.