higgledy-piggledy love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In utter disorder or confusion; mixed up.
  • adv. In a confused, disordered, or random way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In confusion; topsy-turvy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In confusion; in a disorderly manner; topsy-turvy.
  • Confused; tumbled; disorderly.
  • n. Confusion; disorder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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.

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  • 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.'

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • A crowded convention center floor, clearly, is not place to display or look at art works, mixed higgledy-piggledy with thousands of others, all of wildly divergent quality which ranges from the schlockiest of schlock to the occasional surprising new discovery or the familiar masterpiece.

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    July 29, 2013

  • Comment about Edinburgh on Digg referring to a video of Danny McAskill riding over, through, and beyond your wildest dreams.

    January 1, 2010

  • We theatrical ladies are no slaves to form, but live higgledy-piggledy with the men.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 3 ch. 5

    September 13, 2008

  • At a party where she (Dorothy Parker) was seated with Somerset Maugham, the author asked if she would write a poem for him. "I will if you like," Miss Parker said, and scribbled out:

    Higgledy Piggledy, my white hen;
    She lays eggs for gentlemen.

    "Yes, I've always liked those lines," Mr. Maugham commented.

    Miss Parker bestowed a cool smile and without an instant's hesitation added:

    You cannot persuade her with a gun or lariat;
    To come across for the proletariat.

    February 6, 2008