- hanging loosely or in disorder; unkempt: disheveled hair.
- untidy; disarranged: a disheveled appearance.
Origin of disheveled
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- to let down, as hair, or wear or let hang in loose disorder, as clothing.
- to cause untidiness and disarray in: The wind disheveled the papers on the desk.
Origin of dishevel
Examples from the Web for disheveled
Lemkin hung around the proceedings, disheveled and unkempt, but determined.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
When he expresses concern over her bruised and disheveled appearance, she lies and tells him that she fainted.How Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt Navigated Anna's Controversial Rape Arc
August 14, 2014
The seizing of an American reporter was only a matter of time, and the bespectacled and disheveled Ostrovsky was a prime target.Putin’s Men in Ukraine Seize U.S. Journalist
April 23, 2014
In the language of fashion, their twenty-something, cool-girl angst apparently translates to “disheveled ball gown chic.”The Vogue-ification of Lena Dunham
January 21, 2014
When he arrived there, the disheveled outdoorsman was greeted at the airport by hundreds of fans.Burt’s Bees Co-Founder Burt Shavitz on the Doc ‘Burt’s Buzz,’ and Losing Millions
September 11, 2013
His all-night ride from Cherbourg had left him disheveled, unshaven and hungry.The Harbor
He was disheveled, surprised and angry, but Garlock gave him no chance to speak.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
With his fingers he gingerly parted his wet, disheveled hair.The White Mice
Richard Harding Davis
The other advanced a step, looking a trifle pale and disheveled.Lodusky
Frances Hodgson Burnett
He was disheveled, but his manner was as imperturbable as ever.Tarrano the Conqueror
Raymond King Cummings
- to disarrange (the hair or clothes) of (someone)
Word Origin and History for disheveled
also dishevelled, early 15c., "without dressed hair," parallel form of dishevel (adj.); see dishevel. General sense of "with disordered dress" is from c.1600.
originally an adjective, "bare-headed," late 14c., variant (with muted final -e) of dishevely, from Old French deschevele "bare-headed, with shaven head," past participle adjective from descheveler "to disarrange the hair," from des- "apart" (see dis-) + chevel "hair," from Latin capillus "hair" (see capillary). Of the hair, "dissheveled," mid-15c. OED says use as a verb is chiefly a back-formation from disheveled.