What does "higgledy-piggledy" mean? Does higgledy and piggledy means anything separately? How to use these two words?

closed as general reference by simchona, user11550, Gnawme, Brett Reynolds, kiamlaluno Feb 26 '12 at 14:54

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    I'm sorry, but you could have Googled this. Unless you have a more indepth question, I'm voting to close as general reference. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/higgledy-piggledy – simchona Feb 26 '12 at 4:22
  • It means helter-skelter – DRF Dec 4 '15 at 9:15

According to the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary it means in an untidy way that lacks any order.

For more definitions, and usage examples, try Wordnik.

  • Or, try OneLook. OneLook will return the results from several online dictionaries all at once, including links, along with a brief meaning derived from these other sources. (If everyone checked OneLook first, we'd have far fewer questions closed here). – J.R. Feb 26 '12 at 8:14

It can also mean a type of humorous verse, in which the first line is supposed to be "higgledy piggledy" or some other (often nonsense) word(s) of the same meter. See here for a number of examples.

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