Definition of disheveled in English:

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disheveled

Pronunciation: /dəˈSHevəld/
(British dishevelled)

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;
slovenly, slatternly, blowsy, frowzy, mussed (up), mussy

Derivatives

dishevelment

Pronunciation: /dəˈSHevəlmənt/
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.

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.

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Syllabification: di·shev·eled

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