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dishevel

[ dih-shev-uhl ]
/ dɪˈʃɛv əl /
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verb (used with object), di·shev·eled, di·shev·el·ing or (especially British) di·shev·elled, di·shev·el·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 1590–1600; back formation from disheveled

OTHER WORDS FROM dishevel

di·shev·el·ment, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for dishevel

  • 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

dishevel
/ (dɪˈʃɛvəl) /

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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