unkept vs unkempt : Common Errors in English

About unkept vs unkempt

“Unkempt“ is an old version of “uncombed.” The standard expression for a sloppy-looking person is not “unkept,” but “unkempt.”

unkept Meaning(s)

  • (a) (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded

unkempt Meaning(s)

  • (s) not properly maintained or cared for
  • (s) not neatly combed

unkept in News

  • Capitola police seek man who photographed young girls on beach

    CAPITOLA -- Capitola police are looking for a man who reportedly took pictures of girls at Capitola Main Beach on June 9.The man, described as a white male in his 50s with gray hair, unshaven and unkept, was confronted by parents of one of the juveniles, according to Capitola Police Chief Rudy
    on June 20, 2013 Source: Contra Costa Times

unkempt in News

  1. Distilled: Move over PBR. Here are six other cheap beer options.

    Is it possible the beloved Pabst Blue Ribbon could fall out of favor with the young, unkempt masses? I’m calling my shot now and going with a resounding yes, as the price of PBR is actually going up due to its popularity. Besides, isn’t the point of drinking PBR that you’re a cool non-conformist? Well, not if everyone is drinking it.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Columbus Alive

  2. Weeds rising in Decatur's nearly $1 million downtown streetscape as city grapples with maintenance money

    Grass cutting on city property more is delayed or ignored each year because of scarce funds. This result in unkempt property on Central Parkway, Bedford Drive, Munroe Drive and even Second Avenue and Lee Street, where the city recently spent nearly $1 million for a landscaped streetscape to help revitalize downtown.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Huntsville Times

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