Definitions

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  • adj. Having an untidy appearance; not well-groomed; unkempt.

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Examples

  • Foer works this mock-heroic metaphor to death, honouring his colleagues – ill-groomed and unsocialised wonks, who wear blinkers and blacked-out goggles when competing – as "mental athletes" or "warriors of the mind".

    Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer – review

  • Using our own special brand of dubious logic we synthesize these two disparate facts and arrive at the following irrefutable truth: In conjunction with the rise of metrosexuality, their must be, in rural areas, a corresponding increase in the number of poorly dressed, ill-groomed, decidedly unfabulous gay men.

    Archive 2005-07-01

  • At any rate, she had not the touzled, ill-groomed hair which he had learned to associate with female genius.

    Red Pottage

  • Then this, eddying, floating, described semicircles in the air like a bird, and was caught before it reached the ground in the ill-groomed mane of the old white mare standing motionless at the door.

    Madame Bovary

  • They were middle-aged, unshaven and ill-groomed altogether, two engineers or something of that sort, but quite as speechless and uncivil as the grandest of the traveling British clowns.

    Look Back on Happiness

  • But it was there that Hugh found him, white-blazed face, white forefeet and all, grown somewhat shaggy and ill-groomed, but otherwise in very good condition.

    The Devil's Novice

  • They would not have me seen by their friends and neighbors looking shabby, or ill-groomed.

    Flowers in the Attic

  • When all this had been pleasantly settled, Caspian ordered horses, of which there were a few in the castle, though very ill-groomed and he, with Bern and Drinian and a few others, rode out into the town and made for the slave market.

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • He was ambling along on the leanest and most ill-groomed of bazaar ponies, and he wore a bowler.

    The Pool in the Desert

  • He has fine legs with good hoofs and fetlocks; he looks ill-groomed and ill-cared for, his tail is long and bushy, and his mane unkempt.

    Through Finland in Carts

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