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Examples of disheveled in a Sentence
His wrinkled suit gave him a disheveled appearance.
They looked dirty and disheveled.
Recent Examples of disheveled from the Web
Picture a boardroom in Lucasfilm HQ with a bunch of disheveled writers sitting at a table littered with trash from Chinese takeout.
So, for the second consecutive round of this postseason, the Dodgers will have in front of them a beat-up opponent with a disheveled rotation and exhausted bullpen.
The footage showed a messy, disheveled room, with trash, debris and clothes scattered on the floor and draped over furniture.
But back home at the base in North Carolina, friends watched him grow disheveled and edgy.
There’s the annual molt, during which even the crows are disheveled and pencil-necked.
Hodges, 32, appeared unshaven and with disheveled hair in front of Judge David Rosenberg in Yolo County Superior Court.
Warmer temperatures can bring out a disheveled look that is less than polished.
Schemel takes music seriously and so concert interruptions where Love might go on a rant or jump into the audience only to be delivered back to the stage disheveled minutes later were distractions Schemel wasn’t a fan of.
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Did You Know?
It’s common to wake up after a long night’s sleep with your hair disheveled - which is appropriate, considering the origins of the word disheveled. First appearing in English in the late 16th century, disheveled derived from Middle English discheveled, meaning "bareheaded" or "with disordered hair." It is a partial translation of the Anglo-French word deschevelé, formed by combining the prefix des- (dis-) with chevoil, the word for hair. Since the early 17th century, however, disheveled has been used for things other than hair, including such disparate items as grammar and reputations, that are far from tidy.
Origin and Etymology of disheveled
First Known Use: 1583See Words from the same year
Synonymschaotic, cluttered, confused, disarranged, disarrayed, messy (or dishevelled), disordered, disorderly, higgledy-piggledy, hugger-mugger, jumbled, littered, messed, muddled, mussed, mussy, pell-mell, rumpled, sloppy, topsy-turvy, tousled, tumbled, unkempt, untidy, upside-down
Antonymsbandbox, crisp, kempt, neat, neatened, ordered, orderly, organized, shipshape, snug, tidied, tidy, trim, uncluttered, well-ordered
Related Wordsbedraggled, befouled, begrimed, bemired, besmirched, blackened, cruddy, dingy, dirty, draggled, filthy, foul, grimy, grotty [chiefly British], grubby, grungy, mucky, nasty, smudged, soiled, spotted, squalid, stained, sullied, unclean, uncleanly; dowdy, frowsy (or frowzy), shaggy, slatternly, sloven, slovenly, uncombed; wrinkled; adulterated, contaminated, defiled, polluted, tainted; knotted, snarled, tangled; seedy, shabby, sleazy, sordid; neglected, neglectful, negligent
Near Antonymsantiseptic, clean, cleaned, cleanly, hygienic, immaculate, sparkling, spick-and-span (or spic-and-span), spotless, stainless, unsoiled, unsullied; methodical (also methodic), regular, systematic, systematized; careful, fastidious, finicky, fussy, meticulous; combed, groomed, manicured, well-groomed; taintless, undefiled, unpolluted, untainted, wholesome
DISHEVELED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disheveled for English Language Learners
: not neat or tidy
DISHEVELED Defined for Kids
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