unkempt Definition

  • 1having an untidy or disheveled appearance
  • 2not properly maintained or cared for

Using unkempt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "unkempt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The garden was overgrown and unkempt.

  • Example

    He had long, unkempt hair and a scruffy beard.

  • Example

    The house was old and unkempt, with peeling paint and broken windows.

unkempt Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for unkempt

Antonyms for unkempt

  • neat
  • tidy
  • well-groomed

Phrases with unkempt

  • an untidy or disheveled look


    She showed up to the interview with an unkempt appearance, which made a bad impression on the interviewer.

  • hair that is messy and not well-groomed


    He ran his fingers through his unkempt hair, trying to make it look presentable.

  • a garden that is overgrown and not properly maintained


    The unkempt garden was full of weeds and dead plants.

Origins of unkempt

from un- (not) + kempt, which means 'combed'


Summary: unkempt in Brief

'Unkempt' [ʌnˈkɛmpt] describes something that is untidy, disheveled, or not properly maintained. It can refer to a person's appearance, such as 'He had long, unkempt hair and a scruffy beard,' or to a place, like 'The garden was overgrown and unkempt.' Synonyms include 'messy,' 'untidy,' and 'slovenly.' Antonyms are 'tidy,' 'neat,' and 'well-groomed.'