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
Synonyms for disheveled
Examples from the Web for dishevelled
Contemporary Examples of dishevelled
The pedophile is often imagined as the dishevelled old man baldly offering candy to preschoolers.The Cost of Costly Punishment
September 20, 2012
Historical Examples of dishevelled
Wamibo darted out a dishevelled head, and looked at him wildly.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
He is hatless and unwashed and dishevelled, standing in the Blackfriars Road.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
Her appearance is that of a tall, gaunt hag, with dishevelled hair.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
Then French came in, and behind him a lady in black, dishevelled, bathed in tears.Marriage la mode
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then his own eyes grew merry, as he glanced at the tearful, dishevelled Theodora.Teddy: Her Book
Anna Chapin Ray
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.