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disheveled

Syllabification: di·shev·eled
Pronunciation: /dəˈSHevəld
 
/
(British dishevelled)

Definition of disheveled in English:

adjective

(Of a person’s hair, clothes, or appearance) untidy; disordered: a man with long, disheveled hair
More example sentences
  • She twirled a strand of her long hair and smirked at my disheveled appearance.
  • She smiled happily as she approached us, and despite our disheveled appearance, we managed to kneel.
  • We received a few strange looks at our disheveled appearances, but I knew for now that I wouldn't be left to meet them alone.
Synonyms
untidy, unkempt, scruffy, messy, in a mess, disordered, disarranged, rumpled, bedraggled;
uncombed, tousled, tangled, tangly, knotted, knotty, shaggy, straggly, windswept, windblown, wild;

Origin

late Middle English: from obsolete dishevely, from Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler (based on chevel 'hair', from Latin capillus). The original sense was 'having the hair uncovered'; later, referring to the hair itself, 'hanging loose', hence 'disordered, untidy' Compare with unkempt.

Derivatives

dishevel

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈSHevəl/
verb
Example sentences
  • There was a long moment of silence as she adjusted her shirt and brushed her dark hair back, then her eyes lit up and she leapt to her feet, somehow managing to become equally dishevelled at the same time.
  • He was pale and dishevelled, damp and shivering.
  • She was trembling violently, completely dishevelled.

dishevelment

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Later, they all relaxed, like actors after the performance, unmindful of their attire and a slight air of dishevelment.
  • Innocence and dishevelment go hand in hand when you're eight years old and rather bored.
  • He took one look at their sopping clothes, the chunks of food all over them and the general dishevelment of their appearance before laughing.

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