disheveled

[ dih-shev-uhld ]
/ dɪˈʃɛv əld /

adjective

hanging loosely or in disorder; unkempt: disheveled hair.
untidy; disarranged: a disheveled appearance.

Nearby words

  1. dished,
  2. dishelm,
  3. disherison,
  4. disherit,
  5. dishevel,
  6. dishevelled,
  7. dishful,
  8. dishonest,
  9. dishonesty,
  10. dishonor

Also especially British, di·shev·elled.

Origin of disheveled

1375–1425; late Middle English discheveled < Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler to dishevel the hair, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -cheveler, derivative of chevel a hair < Latin capillus

Related formsun·di·shev·eled, adjective

dishevel

[ dih-shev-uh l ]
/ dɪˈʃɛv əl /

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.

Origin of dishevel

First recorded in 1590–1600; back formation from disheveled

Related formsdi·shev·el·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for disheveled

dishevel

/ (dɪˈʃɛvəl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

to disarrange (the hair or clothes) of (someone)
Derived Formsdishevelment, noun

Word Origin for dishevel

C15: back formation from dishevelled

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