Definition of disheveled in English:

disheveled

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

adjective

Derivatives

dishevel

Pronunciation: /-ˈSHevəl/
verb
More 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

noun
More 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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