[ dih-shev-uhl ]
/ d瑟藞蕛蓻v 蓹l /
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verb (used with object), di路shev路eled, di路shev路el路ing or (especially British) di路shev路elled, di路shev路el路ling.
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.
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Origin of dishevel

First recorded in 1590鈥1600; back formation from disheveled


di路shev路el路ment, noun
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How to use dishevel in a sentence

  • I never can get them there girls of mine to dishevel themselves in time.

    Manners, Vol 1 of 3|Frances Brooke
  • Rich chaplets these were, that the winds might not dishevel their comely hair, and this is true i' faith.

  • Men tear their garments; women dishevel their hair; all take off their ornaments, and disfigure their faces with ashes or clay.

    Fetichism in West Africa|Robert Hamill Nassau
  • I find it clear and very clarifying, after the innumerable hours I have spent in trying to dishevel him.

British Dictionary definitions for dishevel

/ (d瑟藞蕛蓻vl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
to disarrange (the hair or clothes) of (someone)

Derived forms of dishevel

dishevelment, noun

Word Origin for dishevel

C15: back formation from dishevelled
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