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Definition not neat or cared for
  • Ragged, unkempt rebels were everywhere, and the whole square was littered with tents, packs, wagons, arms.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • He was an unkempt and gaunt giant, yet how steadfast and reliable, how grimly strong to inspire hope!
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Men on cycles, lean-faced, unkempt, scorched along every country lane shouting of unhoped deliverance, shouting to gaunt, staring figures of despair.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Not unkempt by any means, but she was no longer an heiress.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The saviour, the former hero, was flying like a mangy, unkempt sheep-dog at his lackey, and the lackey was jeering at him!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • He lies, unkempt and unwashed, in a tangle of sheets on the bed, passed out.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • His hair was even more unkempt than usual and his clothing wrinkled, so Jeremy figured he must have risen only a few minutes earlier.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • He was a big, burly brute with pig eyes, a massive gut, and an unkempt black beard that reminded her of Robert.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Bod leaned forward, dug his hands into the wild weed-grass that grew on the unkempt grave.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • I arrived in San Francisco, leaner than usual, fairly unkempt, and with no luggage.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He was even thinner, more neglected, and more unkempt than when he went to Yuriatin after escaping from the partisans.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • When they came to Bill Ferny's house they saw that the hedge there was tattered and unkempt, and the windows were all boarded up.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • It all looked very raw and unkempt.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He was an incredible size even sitting down, with long unkempt hair, bulging eyes, and a shape hardly worth speaking of.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • His thin, colorless hair was unkempt and there was a large bald patch on top.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Petra clasped my hand nervously, but for the moment all the ragged, unkempt bowmen were still more interested in the horses than in us.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • He shook his head so that his unkempt hair — grown out to his chin now — tickled my cheek.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • By the time the constable's recital was over, we had arrived at Leigh House, a big, desolate house surrounded by an unkempt, weed-ridden garden.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The door to the dormitory opens, and Tris walks in, hair unkempt and eyes wild.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • His auburn hair is lank and unkempt, and his eyes are bloodshot.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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