Origin of disheveled
verb (used with object), di·shev·eled, di·shev·el·ing or (especially British) di·shev·elled, di·shev·el·ling.
Origin of dishevel
Examples from the Web for disheveled
Lemkin hung around the proceedings, disheveled and unkempt, but determined.
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|Kevin Fallon|August 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The seizing of an American reporter was only a matter of time, and the bespectacled and disheveled Ostrovsky was a prime target.
In the language of fashion, their twenty-something, cool-girl angst apparently translates to “disheveled ball gown chic.”
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|Marlow Stern|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A filthy scramble left him smeared and disheveled on the summit.Dragon's blood|Henry Milner Rideout
The stage-door burst open and a crowd of congratulatory friends burst in and gathered around the disheveled actors and committee.When Patty Went to College|Jean Webster
She was untidy, too, and her whole appearance might best be described by the word "disheveled."Frances Kane's Fortune|L. T. Meade
If he could have seen himself in a glass he would have seen that he was already wide-mouthed and disheveled.The Master Mystery|Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
Carnally turned back into the store and sat down on a barrel, hot, disheveled, and generally the worse for wear.For the Allinson Honor|Harold Bindloss
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for dishevel
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.