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Middle English unkemd un- not un–1 kembed past participle of kemben to comb (from Old English cemban gembh- in Indo-European roots)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
un- + Middle English kempt (“combed"), compare German kämmen.
This shrub can become quite unkempt if not pruned well back.
Compared to other boats in the marina it looked rather unkempt.
When you try on the jacket to a business suit, be sure it fits properly -- poor fit presents a sloppy, unkempt appearance.
He was an old man with spare, sinewy limbs and long strands of unwashed, unkempt hair.
My nails need trimming as well, in fact I am a rather unkempt old man at the moment.
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