Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

dishevel

[dih-shev-uh l]
See more synonyms for dishevel on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), di·shev·eled, di·shev·el·ing or (especially British) di·shev·elled, di·shev·el·ling.
  1. to let down, as hair, or wear or let hang in loose disorder, as clothing.
  2. to cause untidiness and disarray in: The wind disheveled the papers on the desk.
Show More

Origin of dishevel

First recorded in 1590–1600; back formation from disheveled
Related formsdi·shev·el·ment, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for dishevel

Historical Examples

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

    Manners, Vol 1 of 3

    Frances Brooke

  • I find it clear and very clarifying, after the innumerable hours I have spent in trying to dishevel him.

  • Rich chaplets these were, that the winds might not dishevel their comely hair, and this is true i' faith.


British Dictionary definitions for dishevel

dishevel

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
  1. to disarrange (the hair or clothes) of (someone)
Show More
Derived Formsdishevelment, noun

Word Origin

C15: back formation from dishevelled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dishevel

v.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper