1. not neatly combed
; - Example: "wild unkempt hair"
2. not properly maintained or cared for
; - Example: "an unkempt garden"- Example: "native vistas and unkempt rambling paths"- Example: "an ukempt appearance"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Unkempt \Un*kempt"\ (?; 215), a. [Pref. un- not + kempt, p. p.
1. Not combed; disheveled; as, an urchin with unkempt hair.
2. Fig.; Not smoothed; unpolished; rough.
My rhymes be rugged and unkempt. --Spenser.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: not neatly combed; "wild unkempt hair"
2: not properly maintained or cared for; "an unkempt garden";
"native vistas and unkempt rambling paths"; "an ukempt
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
112 Moby Thesaurus words for "unkempt":
Gothic, Neanderthal, animal, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous,
beat-up, bedraggled, bestial, blowzy, broken, brutal, brutish,
bumpy, careless, chintzy, choppy, coarse, coarse-grained,
corrugated, cross-grained, dilapidated, disarranged, disheveled,
disordered, drabbletailed, draggled, draggletailed, frowzy,
frumpish, frumpy, grainy, granulated, grubby, homespun,
horripilant, ill-bred, impolite, in rags, inequal, informal,
irregular, jolty, linsey-woolsey, loose, lumpen, messy, mussy,
negligent, noncivilized, outlandish, pimply, pitted, pocky, poky,
potholed, primitive, ragged, raggedy, rank, ripply, rough,
rough-and-ready, rough-cast, rough-grained, rough-hewn, ruffled,
ruinous, rumpled, rutted, rutty, savage, scraggly, scruffy, seedy,
shabby, shagged, shaggy, shoddy, slack, slatternly, slipshod,
sloppy, slovenly, sluttish, sordid, squalid, tacky, tattered,
textured, tousled, troglodytic, uncivil, uncivilized, uncombed,
uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, uneven, unfastidious, unlevel,
unlicked, unneat, unpolished, unrefined, unsightly, unsmooth,
untamed, untidy, ununiform, wild, wimpled