Definition of Higgledy-piggledy

1. Adjective. In utter disorder. "A disorderly pile of clothes"




2. Adverb. In a disordered manner. "They were piled up higgledy-piggledy"
Exact synonyms: Topsy-turvy

Definition of Higgledy-piggledy

1. Adjective. In utter disorder or confusion; mixed up. ¹

2. Adverb. In a confused, disordered, or random way. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Higgledy-piggledy

hierophobia
hieroscopy
hierotheca
hierothecae
hierotherapy
hierourgy
hierurgies
hierurgy
hies
hifalutin
hig-taper
higab
higashi
higgle
higgled
higgledy-piggledy (current term)
higgledypiggledy
higgler
higglers
higgles
higgling
higglings
high
high-and-dry(p)
high-and-mighty
high-angle fire
high-angle gun
high-backed
high-beam
high-beams

Literary usage of Higgledy-piggledy

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1. Children's Literature: A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher by Charles Madison Curry (1921)
"Higgledy, Piggledy, My black hen ... She lays eggs For gentlemen; Sometimes nine, And sometimes ten, ^ Higgledy, Piggledy, My black hen! ..."

2. Every Day in the Year: A Poetical Epitome of the World's History by James Lauren Ford, Mary K. Ford (1902)
"Higgledy piggledy, packed we lie, Rats in a hamper, swine in a sty, Wasps in a bottle, frogs in a sieve, Worms in a carcase, fleas in a sleeve. ..."

3. The Young and Field Literary Readers by Ella Flagg Young, Walter Taylor Field (1916)
""We should like to see her," said Jack. Mother Hubbard opened the door. " Cluck, cluck ! cluck, cluck!" In came the black hen. higgledy-piggledy ..."

4. Ohio Educational Monthly by Ohio Education Association (1886)
"higgledy-piggledy. BY GEO. W. WELSH. A young teacher said to me, a few days ago, that he had been reading during the past year several educational journals ..."

5. The Note-books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler (1917)
"XIV Higgledy-Piggledy Preface to Vol. II ON indexing this volume, as with Vols. I and IV which are already indexed and as, no doubt, will be the case with ..."

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