American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In utter disorder or confusion: "There is something delightfully and liberatingly ludicrous about parading higgledy-piggledy in a line of walkers of all shapes and sizes” ( Christa Worthington).
- adj. Topsy-turvy; jumbled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In confusion; in a disorderly manner; topsy-turvy.
- Confused; tumbled; disorderly.
- n. Confusion; disorder.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. colloq. In confusion; topsy-turvy.
- adv. in a disordered manner
- adj. in utter disorder
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This once "higgledy-piggledy" historic home in the Township of Morris, N.J., was given a more coherent layout by the current owners.”
“Turpin Real Estate Ms. Higgins said the additions that were tacked on over the years by previous owners made the house 'a little higgledy-piggledy.”
“At the York complex, manufacturing operations that used to be spread higgledy-piggledy around more than 20 buildings have been funneled into one main factory.”
“It is a classic Gehry structure, formed from undulating polished steel and tumbling blocks of brushed aluminium that reminds Berners-Lee, he tells me, of the higgledy-piggledy Italian village one of his relatives grew up in.”
“Your room is a little higgledy-piggledy and could use a bit of tailored neatness.”
“At the moment I have left the list higgledy-piggledy, like a jumble sale of books, as it appealed to me that way.”
“I mean to level the skyline, modernising the structure; it has a disorganised higgledy-piggledy feel at the moment—not surprising, as it has been rebuilt relentlessly during the last eight centuries.”
“In the previous post I ran through the precedents of the story, but sticking all of those ideas together higgledy-piggledy would be a mess.”
“Back in the 1990s a friend, tired of the usual fan's attempts to bring about victory for Middlesbrough using the paraphernalia of lucky clothing and the like and, to be honest, during the higgledy-piggledy reign of Bryan Robson even Imelda Marcos would have exhausted her wardrobe in pursuit of something that would halt a post‑Christmas slump, determined on what appeared a foolproof scheme – a retrospectively effective charm.”
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