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.

Nearby words

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

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 dishevelment

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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Word Origin and History for dishevelment

dishevel

v.

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.

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