higgledy-piggledy


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Related to higgledy-piggledy: coyly, obviously, permanently, temporarily, usually

hig·gle·dy-pig·gle·dy

 (hĭg′əl-dē-pĭg′əl-dē)
adv.
In utter disorder or confusion.
adj.
Topsy-turvy; jumbled.
n.
See double dactyl.

[Origin unknown.]

higgledy-piggledy

(ˈhɪɡəldɪˈpɪɡəldɪ)
adj, adv
in a jumble
n
a muddle

hig•gle•dy-pig•gle•dy

(ˈhɪg əl diˈpɪg əl di)

adv.
1. in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter.
adj.
2. confused; jumbled.
[1590–1600; rhyming compound of uncertain orig.]

higgledy-piggledy

- Probably formed from pig and the animal's suggestions of mess and disorder.
See also related terms for mess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.higgledy-piggledy - in utter disorderhiggledy-piggledy - in utter disorder; "a disorderly pile of clothes"
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"
Adv.1.higgledy-piggledy - in a disordered mannerhiggledy-piggledy - in a disordered manner; "they were piled up higgledy-piggledy"

higgledy-piggledy

(Informal)
adjective
1. haphazard, muddled, jumbled, indiscriminate, topsy-turvy, helter-skelter, pell-mell books stacked in higgledy-piggledy piles on the floor
adverb
1. haphazardly, all over the place, anyhow, topsy-turvy, helter-skelter, all over the shop (informal), pell-mell, confusedly, any old how boulders tossed higgledy-piggledy as though by some giant

higgledy-piggledy

adjective
Characterized by physical confusion:
Informal: mixed-up.
Translations

higgledy-piggledy

[ˈhɪgldɪˈpɪgldɪ]
A. ADV [be] → en desorden; [do] → de cualquier modo, a la buena de Dios
B. ADJrevuelto, desordenado

higgledy-piggledy

advdurcheinander, wie Kraut und Rüben (inf)
adjdurcheinander; (= confused)wirr

higgledy-piggledy

[ˈhɪgldɪˈpɪgldɪ]
1. adjbuttato/a alla rinfusa
2. advalla rinfusa
References in classic literature ?
Prince Alphabet turned topsy-turvy, I call him, for his name's got all the letters in it, higgledy-piggledy.'
Higgledy-piggledy developments surrounding the park have created a legacy of neighbourhoods prone to crime and grim-faced despondency, whilst stifling a potentially splendid open air amenity.
Dai Country by Alun Richards But the outline to which I awoke was the view from my bedroom window, my back to the Rhondda, seeing the town below me, a higgledy-piggledy collection of awkward jutting buildings, some big, some small, some minute and whitewashed like pieces of confectionery, some Victorian in style, some Rhondda baronial with forests of drainpipes and guttering, some straight marzipan Cardiff Rialto, the whole a representation of architectural untidiness that looked as if the entire town had been carelessly dropped from the sky and had come together by accident around the leaden river which trailed like a black slug through the centre.
"He had a fun day against us but we were a bit higgledy-piggledy that day.
Other advanced industrial nations have far better inter-city and commuter services than the UK, although few countries are as crowded or have such higgledy-piggledy Victorian train lines to deal with.
31, and then a gap, a rubble of bomb sites, higgledy-piggledy with lime and bricks and jagged half-burned timber sprouting buddleia and nettles, all the way to number 37.
Much to my father's disgust the higgledy-piggledy pageant was a great success.
Spoon the mixture on to the cut sides of the peaches, leaving it slightly higgledy-piggledy.
As well as outdoor adventure, it has many attractions; beaches to suit all tastes, a higgledy-piggledy old town, and the Paula Rego Modern Art Museum dedicated to the venerable Portuguese painter.
A big selling point is that the rooms are larger than most hotels due to the quirky design (ie higgledy-piggledy - memorise the way to your room!).
England's build-up has been higgledy-piggledy as club finals ate into their preparation time, meaning the seven players involved in Saturday's Champions League final will not train with the squad until today.
England's build-up has been higgledy-piggledy as European finals ate into their preparation time, meaning the seven players involved in Saturday's Champions League final will not train with the squad until today.