- 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
Examples from the Web for dishevelment
Harry has been photographed coming out of Mahiki in various stages of dishevelment over the years.Where Will Harry Party Back in London, And Who Will He Be Kissing?
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The Marquis, besides his dishevelment, was looking very lean and pale.John Splendid
Dishevelment is seldom fair to see, and Theresa did not look beautiful.Yonder
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The dislocation is its entrance, the dishevelment its strength.Incredible Adventures
But it has an idle abundance and wantonness, a romantic shabbiness and dishevelment.Italian Hours
She saw that she was somewhat pale and that she had an indefinable air of dishevelment.Dope
- to disarrange (the hair or clothes) of (someone)
Word Origin and History for dishevelment
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.