Definition of higgledy-piggledy adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

higgledy-piggledy

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//ˌhɪɡldi ˈpɪɡldi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɪɡldi ˈpɪɡldi//
 
(informal)
 
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in an untidy way that lacks any order Files were strewn higgledy-piggledy over the floor. Word Origin late 16th cent.: rhyming jingle, probably with reference to the irregular herding together of pigs.

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