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Definition of unkempt adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

unkempt

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈkempt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈkempt//
 
Describing hair
 
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(formal) (especially of somebody’s hair or general appearance) not well cared for; not neat or tidy synonym dishevelled greasy, unkempt hair The children were unwashed and unkempt. a wild and unkempt garden See related entries: Describing hair Word Origin late Middle English: from un- ‘not’ + kempt ‘combed’ (past participle of archaic kemb, related to comb).
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