verb (used with object), di·shev·eled, di·shev·el·ing or (especially British) di·shev·elled, di·shev·el·ling.
Origin of dishevel
Origin of disheveled
Examples from the Web for dishevelled
His hair was streaky and dishevelled and needed cutting, so that he looked not unlike one of those hardy pioneers of old.Tom Slade at Black Lake|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The faces of the women were now turned partially to the crowd, but their dishevelled hair sufficiently concealed them.The White Chief|Mayne Reid
As he spoke, the cutter ranged up to the object, which appeared to be the dishevelled and blood-bespattered head of a man.Erling the Bold|R.M. Ballantyne
Pale, dishevelled, trembling with excitement, Bruslart met him.The Light That Lures|Percy Brebner
His dishevelled locks, thrown back, exposed a low and remarkably pure forehead.A Russian Proprietor|Lyof N. Tolstoi
Word Origin for dishevelled
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for dishevel
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.
also dishevelled, early 15c., "without dressed hair," parallel form of dishevel (adj.); see dishevel. General sense of "with disordered dress" is from c.1600.